Did you too see it, drifting, all night on the black river?
Did you see in it the morning, rising into the silvery air,
an armful of white blossoms,
a perfect commotion of silk and linen as it leaned
into the bondage of its wings: a snowbank, a bank of lilies,
biting the air with its black beak?....
And did you feel it, in your heart, how it pertained to everything?
And have you too finally figured out what beauty is for?
And have you changed your life?
Yesterday I got an email update of "birds to see" in my north Florida area. One sighting is of a Tundra Swan that has been with us remarkably all winter. I wonder about taking the time from my day to go look for the bird, to slap my eyes upon the beauty if only through the binocular or spotting scope lens. Perhaps today it is enough to just know that such marvel exists out there, somewhere - a kernel of excitement and belonging that grows my faith this day. If I can manage to wake up today ( at least dear god let me do so in part), I won't need special optics to see beauty. I'll just open my heart and be the change I wish in the world.
What is beauty for?