walking home

An Essay By Aisling // 6/20/2008

Fallen on the sidewalk beneath my feet, what remains of early June's glory, blossoms dropped from bursting seeds and leaves full-grown into bravery.
I've driven by this way before. I've driven by every morning for the past two weeks.
But today I am walking home from work.
And I have never been this way before.
There is a creek beside the road. I didn't know. It is a home to a patchwork quilt of little fish. Dark drops against the hazy brown of water from the earth. Somehow they know I am here, and swim away.
There is purple clover in the grass at the field's edge. It draws its warm color against the cool green and plays harmony. It grows as though it loves to know it sees me when I am unaware. Whether or not I know it's there, it grows, and looks and smells as beautiful as ever.
There is a nest of oriels in the maple tree on the corner. The mother brings her fidelity back in her winnings, winging black and orange across the slate-blue sky. Undisturbed and undisturbing, they live their life out over my head, their world the field I drive by and leave behind.
And there are ruts in the farmer's driveway, and daisies in the ditch, and the frogs in the lake behind the hill are singing a chorus of something that gets stuck in my head in a way all its own--a way my language could never get stuck and stay.
Today I am walking home.
For half an hour, the unpretentious earth beneath my feet. My world and I meet, face to face, and smile.

Comments

Very nice!

Charming, Aisling! Pretty, and well written.

Amy | Fri, 06/20/2008

It's amazing when you walk a

It's amazing when you walk a route that you usually drive, what cool things you find.
Nicely done. :D

Sarah | Sat, 06/21/2008

"Sometimes even to live is courage."
-Seneca

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:-)

You've inspired me to go outside and walk where I never have before! Lovely bit of writing.

Raine | Sat, 06/21/2008

I really liked it!

I really liked it!

Anna | Sat, 06/21/2008

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief

Lovely

I am smiling, too!
Rachel

Anonymous | Sat, 06/21/2008

Beautiful!

Beautiful Aisling! You descriptions are awesome!

Elizabeth

Elizabeth | Sun, 06/22/2008

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The Holy Spirit is the quiet guest of our soul." -St. Augustine

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I love it, Aisling. It captures it perfectly. Beautiful work.

Brianna | Thu, 06/26/2008

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"We have been created for greater things. Why stoop down to things that will spoil the beauty of our hearts?" ~Mother Theresa

Reminded me of home

Aisling,

Beautiful work. It reminded me so much of home, of my fields and hills. Thank you.

Taylor

Taylor | Thu, 07/03/2008

I LOVE the line, "It grows

I LOVE the line, "It grows as though it loves to know it sees me when I am unaware," !!!! Shling!

Anonymous | Mon, 07/14/2008

Lovely story

Very nice, I like your writting style.

marie (not verified) | Tue, 08/12/2008