Elfin Forest Preserve, CA

The green meadow grass won’t complain
that the thistle landed there
took up more than its fair share
piercing blades with sharp wide leaves.

It won’t scream at the wind
clench its fist and blame God
or spend its whole life in the argument.

Last night’s fog dusted the field
with blessings of dew.
Glistening, the grass forgets
all about thorns and scratches.

Why fight these conditions
known only to God and wind?

We grow tolerant of greedy leaves
and sharp edges, find gifts
of shade and protection.
In the great acceptance of what is.