Just…Because

I am doing this because

The lizards stir at sunrise to slew across the patio screen

Cleaning as they go the night’s collection of leftover spider fodder

I am doing this because

One duck and then another joins the quacking, morning palaver

Bobbing bottoms up to eat as the flotilla skims the lake

I am doing this because

The old squirrel sits again in the bole of his tree with a nervous tail

Guarding his quiet gatherings as if whispering prayers into its tiny paws

I am doing this because

The turkeys jog around a bush, following the leader they take turns

Featherless heads barking a soliloquy into the still, morning air

I am doing this because

The sun, the lord of the sky, appears above the eastern shore

Posting itself with conviction as it makes ready to leap over our heads

I am doing this because

Within this vigil of daily behaviors, I close my eyes and see myself

Again, upon my knees, whispering prayers into my tiny paws.

Just…because

Welcome To Oakleaves

Oak Leaves: EICHENLAUB

…from Eichenlau, a topograic name from Middle High German eichen ‘oaks’ + ‘loch, lo ‘brush’, ‘undergrowth’, reinterpreted through folk etymology as Eichenlaub ‘oak leaf’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Eichenlaub ‘oak leaf’.
(Source: Dictionary of American Family Names c2013, Oxford University Press.)

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