Are these clouds for me? (Sharman Russell)

This may be the most touching prose I've ever seen on Facebook, and of all subjects, it's about the natural world! An act of generosity from a pure writer who has published many books, including a recently wonderful one on Pantheism. But if you look, you'll see it's more than that:

Where an arroyo meets the dirt road, I stop
and look for tracks. A few feet up the stream bed is a nice set of
bobcat prints. There’s no mistaking that roundness, the leading toe, and
size of the front and back feet. I also see a fox print,
or maybe a small coyote. Foxes are on my mind since I saw three earlier
in the day, probably a mother and two kits who ran so quickly into the
brush I spent a few minutes questioning what I had seen. Foxes are rarer
since an outbreak of rabies some years ago. Was that a fox or a wish?

That’s one good thing about tracks. They stay there. You can admire
them for long minutes, imagining the animal who passed by, feeling the
tangible presence of a bobcat, a wild cat, short-tailed, ear-tufted,
delicately spotted, charismatic.

It’s another gift, the world showering us with gifts, the tail of a fox, tracks in the sand, clouds in the sky.

Are these clouds for me?


I feel the need to fall in love with the world, to forge that
relationship ever more strongly. But maybe I don’t have to work so hard.
Maybe the world is already in love, giving me these gifts all the time,
calling out all the time. I have thought nature indifferent to one more
human, to any human, but maybe the reverse is true. The world calls
out: take this. Take this. And this. And this. Don’t turn away.

From the inimitable Sharman Russell, a writer, thinker, and teacher. Thank you Sharman! 

Published by Kit Stolz

I'm a freelance reporter and writer based in Ventura County.

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