There’s something about a summer sky that calls one to think of what is good. There is too much talk about what is bad. That’s plain enough listening to NPR in the morning or the evening news. Too bad folk cannot find more good to talk about. Too bad too many people who should be leaders are so puffed up about themselves that themselves is all they seem to have to talk about and that just comes across as bad.
Midsummer clouds are unlike those of any other season. They carry plainness of sureness. Unlike spring clouds who puff themselves up as something to be reckoned with, the midsummers low and unassuming billows beg certitude. Their simple ordinariness and off-handed confidence calls the wise to find shelter when day slides to evening and the lingering heat vaporizes and swirls into thunderheads. Then is a time to wait. And listen. What was once shy and indifferent unfolds across the heights lighting the nocturnal and hollering just because. Good listening lies in the reticent and reluctant.
At the edge of rough thorn grease brush stands a morning rabbit taking in low, driftless midsummers. A hawk circles as they gather above; one into another. Only to stretch and pull apart on the back of a breeze rising. Holding back, not making too much of themselves; rabbit and hawk wonder how these who linger quietly might be so presumptuous in the dark. Both grounded and flighted struggle to concentrate on danger and hunger as the morning midsummers beg a seldom enjoyed depth of blue from the rinsed summer sky. A firmament of poets. A firmament which lies the backs of children and elders to the ground.
Firm ground to back. A wisp of the poetical. Good in the summer sky. A thought. A wonder. A “what if.” The sacrament of the low and driftless might be enough to realize Good creation if the puffed and simple, friend and enemy, neighbor and rival lay upon the terra of their being and wondered at the enchanting of the midsummer.