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Impressions of a Halcyon Day

Witness to a land of verdant hue

A gilded carpet of crimson and amber leaves

A moment of slanted sunlight

A whisper of gliding gills

With open heart, I see.


This beauty lodges deep within me

My cells vibrate with the water’s harmony

The blue gaze of the sky falls on the earth below

Illuminating a seamless tapestry

With open mind, I see.


A shared experience of awe and wonder

Taking deep delight in a dried lotus pod

A miniature wind-swept cypress

A curling, winding path of pebbles

With open eyes, I see.


Halcyon, a mythical bird who nests

Floating at sea at winter solstice

Charming the winds and the waves into calm

With open hands, I receive.

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