aw8sus

Reflections

Childhood Communion

on April 23, 2014

Forward and back, back and forward

Wind rushing past my cheek

Whoosh…Whoosh…

Eyes closed, sunbeams on my face

I am in my happy place

No thoughts…

Concerns have flown away

 

Back and forth, forward and back

Taking huge gulps of spring-scented air

Blowing the breath out

Through a wide grin, plastered to my face

Long hair streaming wildly, freely behind me

Or falling forward into my eyes and nose

Tendrils clinging to the moisture on my lips

 

Forward and back, back and forth

Traveling through time and space

Emptying my mind

Listening to the trees sigh in the wind

Feeling the pull on my arms

From the warm chains in my hands

Gliding through the air

 

Back and forth, forward and back

Thoughts dart through my mind like butterflies

Hovering briefly

Then spirited away on the wind

Sun-warmed skin softening

To the heat, opening, relaxing

Weightless

 

Forward and back, back and forth

Momentum begins to slow

My body intuitively moves, shifts

Time changes

I’m not ready yet

Still a need for movement

Go, go, go

 

Back and forth, forward and back

Learn far, far back

Small hands grip the chains tightly

Legs stretched out, toes pointed

There it is – the shift

A momentary pause

The gap

 

Forward and back, back and forth

Thrusting small chest forward

Tucking legs under

Streamlined position

Pushing, pushing

Pushing forward

To the end of an invisible arc

 

Back and forth, forward and back

Climbing higher, higher

Muscles straining, flexing, shifting

So, high, higher than the crossbar

A little jump, a bump

Momentary slackness in the chains

High enough

 

Forward and back, back and forth

Ease into the rhythm once more

Reaching for the tress

Leaves whispering wise words

Branches enfold me in a bark-covered embrace

Ancient sage to a novice

Communion on a swing

 

Back and forth, forward and back

Quiet, peaceful, serene

Gliding through the air

Comfort, warmth, love

Momentum slows, winding down

From an ecstatic interlude

Sh…..

 

Forward and back, back and forth

I am free, at least for now

Alone, on a beautiful day

Among the tall trees

Home amid the spikey green grass

And the fine brown dust below

My soul filled to over-flowing

 

Back and forth, forward and back

Don’t stop, not yet, not now

Begin again, another climb

To celebrate, to kiss the air

Hug the bark-skin of the tree

Offer thanks and love

A promise to return…tomorrow

 

Forward and back, back and forth

Muscles tighten, then release

Moving higher, higher

To the peak

I prepare, wiggle a bit

Shift of the shoulders

Fist the right, then the left

 

Back and forth, forward and back

Chains behind me now

Gulping in the spring-scented air

And fly…

Higher and higher

Toes pointed, arms outstretched

Landing – a perfect 10

 

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