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Thoughts from an Austin Garden -- December 2008
Last update: December 18
December 18 - evening
Acting Like a Tree - by JonathonAaron
When I got to the party and saw everybody
walking around in Christmas costumes,
I remembered I was supposed to be wearing one, too.
Bending slightly, I held out my hands
and waved them around a little, wiggling my fingers.
I narrowed my eyes and pursed my lips, making
a tree face, and slowly started hopping on one foot,
then the other, the way I imagine trees do
in the forest when they're not being watched.
Maybe people would take me for a hemlock,
or a tamarack. A little girl disguised as an elf
looked at me skeptically. Oh, come on!
her expression said. You call that acting like a tree?
Behind her I could see a guy in a reindeer suit
sitting down at the piano. As he hit the opening
chords of "Joy to the World" I closed my eyes
and tried again. This time I could feel the wind
struggling to lift my boughs, which were heavy
with snow. I was clinging to a mountain crag
and could see over the tops of other trees a few late-
afternoon clouds and the thin red ribbon of a river.
I smelled more snow in the air. A gust or two whispered
around my neck and face, but by now
all I could hear was the meditative creaking
of this neighbor or that - and a moment later, further off,
the faint but eager call of a wolf.
Remember to let wonder into any portal that opens to you this holiday season! Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah! - Sorry that I have been so busy. More soon I promise! Cheers!
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