I’m not a camper.
I don’t like sleeping bags.
Or creepy crawlies in my personal space.
Or peeing in the woods.

But tonight almost makes me want to go camping.
The harvest moon is heavy and bright.
And though I’ve noticed it a hundred times before,
I am once again dumbfounded at the detail I can see with my naked eye.

The breeze is light and it gently swishes the post-baby fuzzy hairs around my face.
(I really hate the post-baby fuzzy hairs.)
And the air seems cleaner, clearer than it was only hours ago.

I am almost tempted to go wake the big two.
They would love this, just sitting and looking at the moon.
(But I’m not completely insane!)

My mind skips from one thought to another.
Balancing facts I’ve recently learned about the night sky
With what I feel when I study the moon.
(Does emotion always trump logic?)

I try to take in every bit of this scene.
The dampness, the silence, the dark – all cradling me in this moment.
And the three leaves that appear to be just as large as the moon.
I can’t help but laugh at myself.
Because even when I’m trying to look at the big picture,
My mind, my vision is clouded by perspective.


3 Responses to Perspective
  1. Tara
    September 14, 2011 | 11:51 am

    But that’s ok, that the big picture is clouded by your perspective. That’s what’s cool about human nature–we all see big pictures in different ways.

    In other news, I love when you write stuff like this.

  2. CathyMartin
    September 14, 2011 | 5:26 pm

    You get it honest from me:) I LOVE….LOVE….to look at the sky. I love the clouds, white or gray. I love solid blue, pink, orange, hazy skies. I love thunder and lightening skies. I love all the phases of the moon. I love the twinkling stars. Oh well, what else can I say…

  3. Jil
    September 14, 2011 | 8:06 pm

    I agree, I’m not the camping type. But sometimes just being out in nature (even if it is our backyard) makes you feel like everything is going to be okay. There is a greater being out there watching over us that wants our happiness!! Love perspective! And like Tara I love that each of us has our own, but that’s the beauty of life!!