Naturalist

clouds

If you stay in one place

long enough

you will see change

and many things will

pass by you.

The endless kaleidoscope

of cloud and sky;

The once-infant tree

now stretches broad limbs to make

deep shade.

If you stay in one place

long enough

you will be surprised

at the passing parade.

Underwater, I once watched

tiny fish flitter,

followed by a shark

that was larger than me.

I saw the squirrel leap

the lizard bask

the deer lope

the bee hover and

the hummingbird

careen.

If you stay in one place

the marriage that promised

forever may

fail to thrive and you  now

speak together in the polite way

of strangers.

Some of people that were your guides

died;

their wise words  and kind smiles

are  filed in the open

cabinet of your memory.

You  see the child grow

into the man.

The shiny stone

now is covered in velvety green moss.

If you stay in one place long enough

you will see a universe

journey past you.

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