Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Silent Cove Returns by Kathryn Magendie

Last night the rain came. And as I woke throughout the night and listened, I heard it thrum against the roof. I smiled. For just days earlier, I yogged my plea to Father Sky, asking for rain. Of course, being the ungrateful person I can be, even in my gratitude I ask for more, for we do need more rain in Haywood County.

Yet, this morning as I walk my cove in Killian’s Knob, it is more as it has always been. The creek isn’t as sick and I hear its rush just a bit louder than it has been these past months. The birds and red squirrels are happy, too. And the bare and almost-bare branches of the trees are filled with thousands of rain drops shining from a sun who peeks in and out of the clouds. I say to Sun, “Not yet, for we need more rain.” And I say to the clouds, “Yes, you come. Come filled with rain and let it loose.”

I walk up a little ways and stand at a precipice, and there, I look out over the cove, the valley below, the ridges. My dog and I are still (and as we stand, I think sadly of my old girl and how she would stand nose to air, the wind brushing back her thick coat). The morning sounds are as they should be: Nature and no Man’s Sounds.

The wind pushes against the bones of the tree, and what few leaves are left from a brilliant-colored fall scatter across the sky and cove and to the ground. I walk across hundreds of leaves, some still retaining their color. At one part of the road walk, there is a large crowd of leaves that have landed stem side curled up, and it makes me laugh to see all those stems pointing up to the sky, grouped together like a gathering.

Jake and I stop directly behind our little log house and look down (and I wonder if Jake’s dog-brain thinks “that is my place, down there). I hear our chimes on the porch. I hear the wind through the trees. I hear the creek singing. I hear a bird calling to another bird and the answering call. I hear a squirrel chattering. I hear raindrops falling from the tree’s branches onto a hungry ground. I hear my breathing, soft. I hear Jake’s breathing, soft. All is as it should be in our cove. The sounds of Man have been muffled by nature: by the rains come to replenish the creek; by the wind through the trees; by the tourists going home; by the wishes of a woman who called out to Father Earth and Mother Sky and all the ancients who have come and gone, who like the woman does, love this cove, this area, love these mountains more than any Human could ever love a lover.


Patresa Hartman said...


thank you rain and no man's sounds. thank you dog brain.

this morning, i hear: the coffee pot gurgling. a car driving by (only 1). oops. make that 2. dog sigh + lip smacking.

your post makes me want to go for a nice, long walk. maybe i will.

Barbara Quinn said...

Ah, inspiring words, Kat. I am breathing deeply and so glad to have read this first thing in the morning.

Kathryn Magendie said...

I wrote that Saturday morning - this morning we woke to a dusting of snow, so it was an entirely new landscape....I am in love with my place.

Linda said...

What a wonderful descriptive post, it drew me in and made me wish I were there!
This morning I'm hearing ths content breathing and signing of my dogs as they nap beside me, and the brush of my husband's pencil as he works out a Suduko puzzle. All is well.

Anonymous said...

Nature's sounds are the best. This is why being outside is the best tonic for the mullygrubs. Get outside and do something or do nothing. It works the same.

Kathryn Magendie said...

Linda and Oren, thanks for stopping here and taking the time to leave a very nice comment-*smiling*

I have a fire going, am in my comfy relaxin' clothes - it's so quiet - all is well....

Angie Ledbetter said...

What a great post. I am so so happy the rain has finally given the blessing of rain. :)

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