A Simple Tuesday

“But here, on our ordinary Tuesdays, is where we make our homes and learn to be human.” -Emily P. Freeman

I startled a deer today. (Well, to be accurate,
Magnus startled the deer, arms waving in a frantic joy,
calling out, in recognition, one being to another, in wonder,
in celebration, in the ecstasy of living. Do you see me? I’m here,
world, I’m here.) It raised its delicate antlers, eyes serious and calm,
the curve of its nose, its ears, its flank, somehow gentle
in their outline, a peaceable wildness in our midst.

Earlier this morning, I sat on a bench, traced words
onto brown paper, the patterned cloth of my Kenyan notebook
smooth against the inside of my palms. The wooden bridge before me
unfolding beneath a canopy of trees (Magnus sings them songs, these trees,
so tall and straight and heavenbound), as the dappled sunlight
filtered onto my pages, into my hair, between my fingers,
and Magnus studied the outline of a long sleek pen,
and wrote no words at all.

Later, I’ll crawl into my bed and nap,
papers strewn across my room’s brown rug
(Magnus’s fingerprints on each and every one), and
later still, I’ll walk beneath a rose-edged sky, wondering
about these moments, and what it means to live them well.
I’m here world. Do you see me? I’m here. A deer grazes
peacefully as I pass. Overhead, the sky darkens
towards dusk, and the first planets blink
into existence. I blink back.

Magnus and Deer

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5 thoughts on “A Simple Tuesday

  1. So beautiful Karith. Thanks for forming such a lovely word picture for me to see your present home with precious Magnus. It so reminded me of times with little Jordan when his shrill shrieks of exclamation pierced the air & my consciousness, alerting me to his joyfully discovering the world, Oh how alive little ones are as all their senses, God designed, are firing! To be with them is to be more alive, more aware of what we might miss without their presence. Thank you God for all you have shown me because of Karith and Magnus. Bless them with your presence.

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