An Unexpected Gift

 

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(Lily and Hope – photo credit: Dr Lynn Rogers – American Bear Center/ WRI – bear.org)

 

a christmas elf appeared

at her door,

let himself in

as she baked an apple crisp

surprise.

Unwrapping simple gifts

Tears pricked her eyes –

Her red heart burst.

How could he have known?

 

She let him place

a small silvery bear paw

circlet around her neck,

a numinous abalone eye piercing

veils of ancient Memory…

 

She flowed with the river

dissolved into the sea…

 

A small child surfaced then,

roamed free through

a magical day

when two old people

became children

exchanging priceless

gifts – Love and Respect

freely offered.

Kindness births Flowers.

She flowed with the river

dissolved in the sea…

 

He wore his ears for her…

She cooked a feast for him

though she felt quite ill.

Together they shared thoughts,

watched Ravens in flight,

much loved dogs gnawing bones,

spoke of times passed by,

without poignant longing;

They had each other.

 

Two old people flowing with the River

dissolving into the sea…

 

Could he feel the Presence?

A Great Bear Spirit kept watch

as they sipped tea

by the fire in the cups

that bore His name.

 

The Bear held them close

like only a Bear Mother can

embrace her children –

loving them both

Unconditionally.

 

As they flowed into the river

And dissolved into the sea.

 

They parted at dusk –

Reluctantly –

thanking each other

for a heart centered day.

 

As they flowed into the river

And dissolved into the sea.