A single cardinal and idle thought


I need time away form the world’s incessant chatter. And away from the chatter in my own head. My own brain. Which is beginning to mimic the technology it’s connected to. Jumping from one thing to the next unendingly.

I’ve become fearful of solitude and idle thought, and run from myself.

Of course, one can run too far. Live in one’s head. Construct fence upon fence around oneself until the outside world jiggles past the non-functioning cell. For the tap of the hammer, ignored.

The garden I’m creating is my fence. My retreat. Of color. Of twinkling dew. Bee buzz and webs.

I saw a female cardinal yesterday. A so-what bird. But in my neighborhood of turf grass and scattered trees, an omen. A sign that my work of a few months is expanding the world of another.

The lady needs bushes and low-lying plants to rattle about in. And this particular bird chirped its approval. Saw the potential in my young plantings. Reminded itself to return next season when the grasses will be tall and flowers profuse.

And the appearance of that single, insignificant bird has decided the course at the side of the house, which remains unplanted. Shrubbery will appear that invites nests. Nests, in turn, kingsnakes and racers. The hawks will be happy for a change of diet; wearied of scurrying lizards chased across the lawn.

My garden assures me that actions make a difference. Reverberate. Though each, at the time, may seem insignificant.

And the slower thoughts I’d evaded are those invoking change, revealing themselves through unintended effect.


Image by Jack Bulmer from Pixabay

Published by cafsamsel

Carol Fullerton-Samsel is a nearly-native Floridian who lives with her husband of 25 years and three rescue animals. She has a passion for day-hiking and nature, and also enjoys writing. Be sure to visit the TenPaths YouTube channel, which is still in its infancy.

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