Lines West: Dec. 7-13
Focus on light as it touches the last
clinging leaves on the barberry bush,
glowing red in the cold.
See sparrows at the feeder -
their quick movements as they flit
from food to safety.
Center with clear eyes on the strong blue
skeletons of winter trees,
like steadfast women of our past;
let them move through you:
sisters, stitching the sky
with interlocking patterns.
Give them quiet names: Grace
Serenity, Hope, to reveal the passion
of the blue shadows of winter - focus.
martha ann mccoy (2012)