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Sunday praise

On this woodbine day,

             this singular day,

I am standing with

             my brothers and sisters

to the left

             red tailed hawk and

             pacific chorus frogs,

to the right

             the monterey cyprus and

             coast live oaks

our family

             breathing together

             in this chill of winter rains

to celebrate

             a benediction of life

singing even

             where we are not heard

running with the wind

             and no one’s the winner

we recognize

             Your hum

             in the satin echo

Your aroma

             in the damp forest mulch

and we are grateful

Copyright © Sharon Lopez Mooney, “Sunday Praise”, originally published in Breakwater Review, Issue #34, ed. Logan Buckley, a “Peseroff Prize” finalist, Boston Massachusetts, June 2023

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