Evening walk

I am walking beneath a high chapel canopy, 
Next to Queen Anne’s lace, 
Whose white crown bends to the coming north wind.

Sunset bestows a gilded light on ordered rows of corn,
Holding their offering close
Till the ripe day these silken fronds part
and spill their gold on the altar. 

And I am in procession toward this same mystery,
With crickets chirping a kind of gospel,
Low and sweet in the hidden leaves.

~ LG


One night

The International Space Station is the small white line closest to Arden’s head.

On a single night
I beheld a trinity of wonders.

At 10:22 pm, the international space station, 
for a span of minutes only,
rising and setting across the northern sky,
whizzing through Cassiopeia’s vanity,
reflecting all our grasping for higher power. 

The comet Neowise, dangling from the Big Dipper,
three miles of ice in a six thousand year orbit,
white hair blown back by solar winds,
streaming ‘this summer only’ across the big screen,
the first I’ve ever seen. 

And fireflies, gleaming in the tall grasses by the water,
rising like sparks from struck coals,
courting nocturnal admirers,
winking at our chasing eyes,
as mysteriously luminous as the heavenly bodies above.

And we five, around our own firelight,
mere steps from the incoming sea,
gathering, seeing, rejoicing,
feeling our place in the Milky Way,
just one spinning sphere,
poised for glory.

How beautiful the black and moonless night,
that lifts the curtain on comet and firefly alike.

When four were in bed, 
drowsy with marshmallows and midnight,
I stole out, toothbrush in hand,
across the silent campground.

Water and air held a great stillness,
so that the stars reflected in the rising tide of the bay. 
Never have I seen the dark ocean so smooth.

Amazing how one wonder opens to another,
and I want to follow those stars like stepping stones across the sea,
up and into what the heavens are telling.

Instead, I give my eyes one last, long exposure,
to print the night into the memory of my soul,
and turn in toward the closeness of our family cocoon. 

With so much light,
how could I not be seen, 
even when so much else is yet invisible?




You spoke a word into my longing
Dropped an apple of gold into hands I didn’t know were reaching

I tasted it, smooth as surprised honey
And began to weep for all the fruitless days

I couldn’t see your eyes, but I believed what you told me,
Believed as one beloved,
Whose next breath depended on your creation ex nihillo

Brooding over my darkness,
Your deep called to mine,
Broke open a pulsing, salty song on my windswept dunes,
Turned them into wild rose sheaves rejoicing

And with your single word
Gave me back a voice

~Lindsey Gallant


Planting day

I planted my garden today. I’m actually a terrible gardener, and have always felt like a bit of a fake. Thankfully, plants are stubborn things, and resist even my ignorance and neglect. 

Ivy (she’s four) was helping plant peas. She took her time to space them out in the shallow trench we had dug along the trellis fence. One pea at a time, out of the pink plastic cup she held in her hands. She thought we were done after we laid them in the dirt, still smiling up at the sun. 

“We have to cover them up now.” I said. 

“Why?” she asked, eyes wide. “Plants need sun!” This much she knows already. 

“Plants need sun,” I said, “but seeds need dark.” I almost cried right there, smoothing the soil over the crooked row. 

“Why?” A four year old’s curiosity is thirsty as a hot summer day. 

I stop patting the ground and look up. The blue sky is silent. “Because life begins in the dark. I guess it needs to hide first.” 

“Oh!” she says, and dances away, peas almost spilling out of that little pink cup. It is enough for her, at least for today. 

In a tree overhead, an unseen robin breaks madly into song. 

~ Lindsey Gallant