As reflection for yourself, and a way to deepen into Summer spend a few minutes with these questions that were inspired by Mary Oliver’s poem, Gratitude.
What are the things in the natural world that you haven’t noticed because you have been focused on getting to work, keeping cool, planning summer activities etc. Have you noticed that the plums are beginning to fall on the sidewalks, that the color of the sky has changed to a golden haze late in the hottest part of the day….what have you forgotten to see?
What living thing did you notice in the last few days that was green, or lacy or tiny or flying by or because you had to duck under its branches or walk through its grasses?
What did you hear recently that surprised you, a robin, a crow, the voice of a cricket, the quiet of the cool dawn before the city awoke?
What did you admire? What moved your heart, even slightly?
What astonished you?
What would you like to see again?
What was most tender?
What was most wonderful?
What did you think was happening?
Using Mary Oliver’s poem as a guide write your own “Summer Gratitude Poem”