Love Is Everything

“Love is everything….A platitude is precisely what is left of a truth after it has been drained of all emotion.  To resaturate that dried husk with feeling is to see it again for what it is: the loveliest and most deeply rooted of all truths, hidden in plain sight….our senses…are liable at any time to astonish us with news of the sheer wonder of the world.” ~ Michael Pollan

My grandson is climbing a tree!

An ornamental bush, really, highly pruned

to the coincidentally exact

specifications of a small climber.

His foot fits into the ledge

of a cut and then upward onto a perch.

Reaching high to grasp limbs on both sides

he is delighted by a shower of drops

from the recent rain. He jiggles again

and listens and feels the waterfall

joy radiating. Such a passionate being

seized by the desire to vibrate.

I remind him to be gentle

with the living tree, and more,

to thank the tree

for holding him. He flashes that

mischievous toddler’s grin — surely

the root of all double-dog dares —

and shakes so hard that he loses

his footing and lands, surprised

on the ground. Not even six inches,

so a minor fall, but the timing of my

warning has convinced him

that the tree’s strong boundaries

around rough stuff had ended their embrace.

Or perhaps his grandmother’s gift

of prophesy has again been confirmed.

He journeys back through the secret

pathway he has created to approach

the only tree he can climb here.

The tree remembers you, I say.

I have taught him to hug

huge old trees, and that listening to

and respecting the beings who do not engage

in human talk is an essential part

of loving. I am only now learning

through him that I belong here.

I am alive and my voice is unique

and needed. I’m letting go of all the survival

tactics that made me question whether

or not I really was the weird one, the knowing

that I didn’t fit in, and that I must change

my basic nature. I am here,

I am open, I am available,

and love is everything.

Inspired by The Daily Word Prompt: Prophesy

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