"My Image of Heaven" by Miranda Farrand
Deep blue-green leaves of river bottom trees reach
protective hands across the breadth of the tiny creek.
Swirling puffs of dandelion fluff float on the warm
summer breeze, reminiscent of a fairy tale scene.
Hungry fish splish & splash after unwary bugs,
Creating wrinkles in the clear, cool waters.
Tiny ripples form on the current, sweeping the
river's face clean of leaves & dust.
Crawdads & darters inch their way along the bottom,
dashing and scurrying from pebble to pebble.
Dragonflies flit from plant to plant,
never stopping but a moment to rewind.
Bees nestle amongst the petals of wildflowers galore,
applying their make-up of yellow powder.
Cicadas whirl and chirp,
blocking out the subtler sounds of the birds' songs,
taking the main stage in Nature's ever-present symphony.