Natural moments in seventeen syllables.
finds the garden’s last blossoms—
red maple leaf twirls.
In my backyard,
October 15, 2000
High tide’s icy crust,
shattered now in the shallows,
will float again soon.
Plum Island, December 26, 2000
Dry sand’s crust gives way
under the bare foot of spring
—sudden moist coolness.
Plum Island beach, May 30, 2004
ahead, lightning; behind, sun;
look right! A rainbow.
On the way to Maine, July 12, 2001
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Tom Stites was the editor of UU World from 1997 to 2006 and retired as its publisher in 2007. He is a member of the First Religious Society of Newburyport, Massachusetts.
Growing up on Star Island
Looking back on my summers spent at a beloved Unitarian Universalist retreat.
We cannot hear unless there is silence.