Doves and lilies

July 23, 2012

As I went to cross a busy intersection today, made even more complicated by utility work being done in the midst of it, I noticed a religious card or pamphlet in the large flower planter at the corner.  It was a little dirty, but I picked it up and took it home.

My hands were pretty full from having run errands, so I didn’t really read it until I got home and put everything down.  It turns out to be a card with prayers, information, and a key chain for St. Anthony of Padua.  I read the material and looked at the picture on the key chain.  The picture turns from a white dove in flight to St. Anthony holding Jesus, depending on the angle at which you hold it.

I take care of some business — calls, faxes, emails, etc. — and then I look out the windows at my big garden and notice some cardinals flying into my garden.  Then I look to see if the white lily I don’t remember planting is finally opening.  I put on my distance glasses to see, and it is.

It’s been a good year for lilies in the yard.  Lots of Willy’s Tiger Lilies are blooming wonderfully and I’ve seen very few of the lily beetles he spent so much time going after — so the lily plant leaves are healthy, too.  I’m glad I didn’t give up on them all those summers they barely made it through.

Then I notice a dove.  It’s a Mourning Dove walking in a strip of scorched grass between the walk and the garden.   Its mate is probably somewhere nearby, but I only saw the one.

I like the collage of elements and the touch of synchronicity.



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