A black squirrel stretches in an oak tree,
Lengthening its legs luxuriously.
A crested jay hops all about,
Tilting its head sideways, curiously.
A diving duck out on the lake
Spies the fish it has waited for.
Concentric ripples mark its place
'Til, gulping, it appears once more.
Red-winged blackbirds show their colors
And chime their deep call in the reeds.
Walkers talk upon their cell phones,
Mapping out their days and deeds.
This moment glistens as a smile
Across eternity's shining face,
Connecting everything with presence
In this, the world's most sacred place.
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