for all who pick up after others ….

Gods of Small Things

You, who live by the sea, it is

a small thing to close your gate behind you and

head to the beach. And once there, it is

a small thing to walk into the cold water or

lie on the beach, feeling the press of pebbles.

And once you have sunned yourself enough, and

let your body float in the sea enough, and

sunk your feet into the sand enough, it is

a small thing to pick up a few pieces of plastic, or foam

and take them away with you.

If we have souls, surely your soul will remember

the touch of air and water and pebble and

hold them for dark days later.

And if there are spirits, surely they will see you and remember

that you took care of something greater than yourself.

And if there are gods of small things, surely what you have done

will sustain them for just a little longer.

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2 thoughts on “for all who pick up after others ….

  1. Very nice : ) Certainly there are gods of small things…however much we may feel they are absent of us at times. Jacob and I have a routine where we go to the nearby pond, toss rocks, and explore. Inevitably, I end up picking up shards of glass and other intrusions. Meanwhile he piles his own treasures…magic rocks, interesting sticks, pine cones and other items in small piles. Clumsy shrines dedicated, undoubtedly, to his own little gods, their delight evidenced by the smattering of concentric rings on the water’s smooth surface and, recently, the hum of dragonfly wings.

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