I'm not sure where or when this poem actually began.
Poems sometimes have a way of hanging around ... lurking ... waiting for the right moment ... and then presenting themselves to me.
I think this one had its roots in the time and place where I grew up. We lived on a small piece of land just outside a small farming community, so it was not truly a lonely existence, in the sense of being a stranger among strangers.
We knew everybody ... and I presume everybody knew us. We were among friends.
Still, there were times of loneliness, times when there were no playmates, times when there was nobody to talk to, except my grandparents ... and they were sometimes occupied with their own concerns.
So I think this poem may have been speaking to that time and place, particularly with its reference to the hills ... "my voice flying" ... "someone hearing, answering" ... but I really think it speaks of a hopeful outcome.
We could all use a bit of that.
And now the poem:
Let me stand
in the clear blue
sun rising, warming
the waiting hills,
and my voice flying
through the silence,
than an echo,
a kindred spirit.
(originally published in The Christian Science Monitor)
Today's word: kindred