On the Seventh Day of Christmas,
seven swans went swimming.

What did they encounter as they
skimmed the surface
… of the water?
paddled through waves
… that threatened to engulf?
stayed afloat on the current
… that was driven by wind?

What situations find us
skimming the surface
… of our feelings?
paddling through waves
… of fear that threaten to engulf?
staying afloat when life’s winds
… of physical pain, grief, loneliness pummel?

… how do we respond?

If we are wiling and ready,
the 7th Day of Christmas
can become a prompt
… for reflection
… for meditation
and perhaps
… even for change.

Happy 7th Day of Christmas!


© june maffin

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