Layers of Receiving


walking along a path this sunny afternoon
i feel the ground through the soles of my shoes
—gravel, roots, last autumn’s leaves.

i feel my heel strike, the roll across my arch, pad, toes
push off, leg swings through

with each step i feel
the rise of my spine, 
sway of my arms, 
pace of my thoughts

with each step i hear
—gravel, roots, last autumn’s leaves

my thoughts

          and roll along
                                    the ground

i slow down.

the path rises up and i feel my body receiving




                                 the wetness of taste.

~ jeni, 6/25/18


photos: me; Springfarm Trailhead, Mohonk Preserve, NY. June 2018.