Art: Mark Collins
Her beak, tucked under thick wing.
Her eyes, shut to daylight.
The spring-sweet magnolia and
hemlock boughs holding space.
We must give ourselves permission to rest,
to engage with the gentleness of spirit
that resides in that place between doing
and being. Softly. Shhhh. Quiet now.
Nothing is wrong. Let it alone. All of it.
You have already been there and made
your way here. Let quietude provide
cover and be your attentiveness.
Here is exhaustion’s antidote.
Here is blessed resilience.
Here is the imagination looking
out and looking in for that which
will restore the whole heartedness
necessary for your next rising.
I can promise you that there is something
alive in this black-lit void just waiting
for all of the other voices to fall silent so
that you will meet your next breath,
and love yourself again.
I didn’t disturb her, the owl.
© 2019/Jamie K. Reaser
From a book collaboration project with artist Mark Collins
A Time to Rest has been selected for the Leigh Yawkey Woodson
Art Museum’s 44th annual Birds in Art
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