Christmas at the Lake House


Christmas at the Lake House


Tumbling memories spill out along the uncertain path before me;
The surrounding forest whispers its morning message,
As I trudge my way through dew-ladened grass;
Cooler air nips at my fingertips and toes
As the fog envelopes me in a vague embrace.


The early morning exhales a silent breath,
Disturbing my tangled thoughts as the wind stirs my silver locks,
Draped like burdens on my weary shoulders,
Though they somehow feel lighter in view of the relentless placid ripples on the water’s edge.


Inhaling deeply and looking skyward,
I am reminded of the mountain air in decades past;
Memories of youthful duty in alpine states resurface
Like the diving ducks retrieving their hidden treasures,
Swirling below the gentle water at dawn.



For a moment, I am no longer alone;
A small gathering of deer arrive in front of me.
Unconcerned at my presence, though clearly curious, they turn to face me;
I giggle with surprise as they cross my path;
Content in that moment just to observe each other,
We share in the delight without comment.


A subtle mist descends upon my weary shoulders now;
It’s time to walk home and dream again,
Of mountain fog and joy unencumbered.

Copyright December 2015 by JJHIII24


About jjhiii24
Way back in 1973, as a young man embarking on the journey of a lifetime, I experienced what Carl Jung described as “the eruption of unconscious contents,” which compelled me to seek the path I continue to pursue to this day. The path of discovery has led me through an astonishingly diverse range of explorations in philosophy, science, and religion, as well as the many compelling ideas in the literature and scriptures of the cultures of the world. There is, in my view, a compelling thread made up of components of each, that runs through the fabric of life. The nature and study of human consciousness has been a compelling subject for me for more than twenty years. I have spent a great deal of my time and energies trying to come to terms with my own very particular “inner experience” of life, and to somehow understand how the events and flow of my temporal life have directly been influenced by the workings within. Sharing what I have come to understand about my own “Inner Evolution,” has tasked my intellect and communications skills in a big way. I am only just beginning to feel confident enough in the results of my study and contemplation to express the many various aspects of what I have uncovered within myself. I am hopeful that my own subjective and personal experience of my own “human spirit” will resonate with others, and encourage them to explore their own.

6 Responses to Christmas at the Lake House

  1. anroworld says:

    Fantastic pictures, beautiful place!

  2. John, this is so beautiful. Your words complement your photographs perfectly. I feel as if I am experiencing the sights, sounds, and odors of a moisture laden forest. Beautiful, thank you so much for sharing such a great experience. I pray God’s blessings be poured upon you in abundance throughout the coming year. I hope the smiles overcome any tears and that you discover those rare moments of awe that create the most treasured memories.
    Happy New Year!


    • jjhiii24 says:

      Tina, thank you for your thoughtful and generous comment. Every once in a while, we experience moments so clearly inspiring and important that we can’t help but spend some time dedicated to expressing our feelings. You know this experience well, as is evidenced in the many heartfelt offerings on your own blog, and your expression of appreciation for my efforts is a great compliment.

      Many times, it seems to me, when we stop to look closely at our experiences, and give careful attention to both the sensory and the spiritual aspects of what happens during our time with them, we discover something much deeper at the heart of each one, which is the result of allowing our senses and our spirit to speak to us simultaneously. I’m glad you think I succeeded.

      I also wish for you, every possible blessing in your life in the year ahead. With gratitude….John H.

      • I am honored John. I love those moments where everything is in sync even if for only a moment. I call these moments, slices of Paradise. I cannot believe how many people in this world never experience them because they never notice them. I am grateful that we can. Blessings to you John.

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