This evening, as I watch the evening sky shed bright skin
for the cool gray and blue of late sundown;
as finches mellow us with a twilight song
shades of green lawn hide the dark houses for bugs
I think of a quote from Dag Hammerskjold,
former, Secretary General of the U.N.
“In the point of rest in the center of our being, we encounter
a world where all things are at rest in the same way. Then a
tree becomes a mystery, a cloud a revelation, each man (and woman)
a cosmos whose riches we can only catch a glimpse.
“The life of simplicity is simple, but it opens to us
a book in which we never get beyond the first syllable.”
Hammerskjold’s book is entitled, Markings.