I went in search of peace this week. All week long I kept hearing that song over and over again that I knew as a child, I’ve got peace like a river, peace like a river in my soul.
The tide was unusually high at Forest Beach marsh when I arrived there just before sunset on Thursday. The water was a deep, moody blue and the marsh grass a burnt cinnamon color. A sinking sun seemed eager to head to bed for the night as it sent its long shadows out across the marsh.
At a distance I spotted several pairs of geese feeding in the bright sunshine.
Apparently excited about their tasty finds, the geese swam back and forth, rapidly tipping and dipping.
Closer by, a group of brown ducks were quietly enjoying their own evening meal in the shadowy shallows.
It was then that I noticed we were not alone. Another group of Canada geese were busily grooming and feeding along the edge of the marsh as well.
As busy as they all seemed, everything was incredibly quiet, amazingly still.
Until one of them lifted up, flapped its wings in dramatic fashion before settling down again to feed and groom.
Just then a song sparrow popped up out of the brambles, shook his tiny head and exclaimed, There’s always a ham in every crowd!
The geese seemed aware of me yet unafraid as I continued to stand there a bit longer, absorbed in their simplest of daily rituals.
It was then that I realized with a smile that I had found that peaceful feeling I had been in search of all week long.
It was right there in front of me, a gift from a tiny gaggle of geese. Flowing just like a river in my soul.
Thanks for visiting me here at Images of Cape Cod.