251 Happy Birthday Miss – Kwami

And so another birthday filled with love
Ang joy and gratitude
Is here: Of yours…. And Sarah’s
And Arya’s and their children’s children
Fuse into one endless birthday of the four seasons.

Happy Birthday Miss

markings of critters on the sand photo by Kwami Nyamidie
Ephemeral markings captured for posterity

I am so glad to celebrate this your special birthday.
Last year we faced the possibility that every major life event might be the final.

Oh the agony and release of the terminal.
The last view of the Pacific Ocean waves crashing on the beach.


Reluctant goodbyes to the horizon we could not abandon.
Salty taste, heavy tired feet wrestling with glittering sticky sands that refuse to let us go.
Echo of the last seagull flying above us melts into Indrayani’s mystical flute.

Fine raindrops hide the story the faces tell.
Goodbye to mysterious critters that leave their ephemeral markings in the sand forever.
Thank you for a year of heightened focus,

Michele and Nyasha and Leon at the beach
But we had the blessing to go back to the ocean several more times. Michele and Nyasha and “Leo” Dandelion

Acute noticing of a sliding droplet on a green leaf.
Infinite color shades of flowers.
Rays of sunrise filtering through pine branches, fir trees and window blinds in winter.

The unspeakable message of silent eyes
Transport us beyond time,
Briefly.

Beyond pain, fear and death—briefly,
Across the portal to eternity
Where all is well.

Another stunning sun rise in spring quickens the heart
Other visits to the ocean
To fly kites, see horse riders and seagulls in the summer.
In the fall, dragon flies welcome us beside memorial trees at the Sanctuary.

We thought this might be Michele's last day at a beach. From right to left: Erik, Indrayani and Michele. Photo by Kwami
We thought this might be Michele’s last day at a beach. From right to left: Erik, Indrayani and Michele. Photo by Kwami
Memorial Trees at the  Sanctuary
Memorial Trees at the Sanctuary

And so another birthday filled with love
Ang joy and gratitude
Is here:

Sarah's birthday is near
We feared Michele might not live to see the birth of Sarah. But Sarah’s first birthday too is here.

Of yours….
And Sarah’s
And Arya’s and their children’s children
Fuse into one endless birthday of the four seasons.

Happy birthday, Miss.

Author: kwami

I am approaching sustainable supportive housing programs for low income seniors like a social entrepreneur. A social entrepreneur is defined as someone who recognizes very serious problems in not meeting three basic goals for measuring sustainable supportive housing programs by providers in the community and uses entrepreneurship principles to create sustainable agriculture programs to *help participants obtain and remain in permanent housing,*To help participants increase skills and/or income, and * To help participants achieve greater self-determination.

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