My daughter-in-law, Kelly Herbert, with all her gifts and talents, joined our family in 2015. Recently she shared 2 poems with me, one of which I will share now. Both Kelly and our son, Tim, have an eye for beauty and a love for the earth. They understand stewardship and their involvement with stewarding the wondrous place they live and that we all share. I absolutely love some of the phrases she uses.
All Things Big and Small
by Kelly Herbert
Have you ever stood next to a tree
Squinting up at its shimmering leaves,
Contrasted against the brilliant blue sky,
And thought about how this massive trunk of carbon sprouted out from a tiny seed?
A double helix,
A minute message of instruction,
Invisible to the eye,
Orchestrated the intrinsic dance of energy and nutrients that the seed did not have to practice to perform perfectly.
The seedling sucked up nutrients out of the earth and air,
Reached and reached and reached,
Collecting rays and rain drops until it was a giant vertical log tickling the clouds,
Its branches leaning over you now.
Have you ever looked down at the mosaic of mosses beneath your feet?
Little green fairy sized ferns,
Terrestrial sponges of bluish green
that bounce back
Others, fragile, crumble with a touch
Even smaller and more complex yet,
Are the little critters trekking singular granules of sand up out of their intricate home of tunnels.
Do they even know I am here?
I do not think of them except now.
This world is so big and small.