Treasure waits patiently at the base of the tree for the seven-year old to discover
cracked open, stained. all hardened amber
spoils long gone, lunch, for a peckish gecko
or maybe it’s instead a gecko’s egg
It has Elephant wondering
what kind of mammals are birds?
We’re quick to respond
birds aren’t mammals, mammals don’t lay eggs
we pause for a second
The platypus lays eggs. It’s the only mammal that lays eggs.
Elephant seems satisfied. But Rhino is not.
We look in his direction.
Remember the echidna.
And I’m struck, by the wisdom, here, in this innocent reply.
These unprecedented, tumultuous times, news comes with a daily smack, all anxiousness and collective angst. Too many unknowns. All bets off.
But the echidna is unfazed.
Don’t mind me
Just hanging out, foraging over here, feeding my young without nipples, enjoying my unusually large brain, extraordinary privates (look it up), living slow…taking my time, in a largely solitary existence.
I was social distancing before it was cool
We pause to appreciate patient treasures.
The gift of space, to be with only ourselves, to remember who we are. The extra moments captured, held close, by those who love us, and those we love.
There are hopes.
Above all, for health.
But also, gratitude, and grace, for family, community, friends, near and far,
Those who love us.
And those we love.
That this, like all things, is impermanent – and a gentle reminder to always, but especially now
remember the echidna
I’ve loved reading your posts over the month, thank you! You know, I saw an echidna in the wild for the first time just last week, from a good social distance.
Today, like everyday, you deftly weave together ideas, images, and message. I hope you begin work on your book, as your talent for writing runneth over. Thanks for your beautiful posts and gracious feedback this month. Hope to see you next Tuesday!
Your symbolism is so effective. Your words are just extraordinary and intertwines many ideas so delicately but effectively. I will miss this, the power of your creative writing, enticing us, speaking to is us, making us hopeful. You did that to us this Month. Thank you, and yes there is hope- I am off to look up the echidna.
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