Snow White Sentinels

They stand at every bend in the river,

Snow white egrets, solemn and stoic,

Next to blue flowers on gravel bars,

Down the waterway they hold their place,

In a mystery of silent communion,

With the dignity of soldiers guarding,

Their sacred posts, the rite of spring,

The stirring of larvae in their struggle,

Snow white sentinels protecting a mystery.

Water flows past, carrying seeds

Of life finding joy in living, the cause

Of nature, the sacredness of existence.

As long as they come the seed will

Be safe, protected by white sentinels.

Dragonflies hover over the scene,

Catching sunlight in an ecstasy of being,

Carrying the word of truth: I am alive.

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