Fr La’s weekly ‘Pause and Ponder’ from along the Pilgrim Path at Lough Derg. This week’s reflection – ‘Seedtime on the Path’.
Seedtime on the Path
The bonnie rowan berries signal seedtime.
The angelica umbrellas, too, have gone to seed.
Path walkers know how vigorous the brambles grow.
A late-season butterfly takes time to suck some nectar
unwittingly joining the host of helpful insects
that visited earlier flowers to leave bright berries.
The fireweed’s vivid banks of bloom are past
and in their place stand skeins of feathery seeds
awaiting a wind to bear them off and away.
And thistledown in puffy clouds is poised for flight:
catching today’s light breeze but holding on.
Moving my gaze within, I notice a movement
in my spirit that mourns for what is passing while it hopes
for a season of new growth in time to come.
Fr La Flynn
30 August 2021