Every day, a photograph, a poem. This meadow was the inspiration for the meadows in my stories. It’s up in Conconully country in the Colville National Forest— I couldn’t tell you where because we just drive to find a lovely place on the planet and this was one of our favorite drives one long summer day. Isn’t it beautiful. So– a poem for the young character Juniper in my story.
Above your head a sky of blueSheri Edwards
Below your feet, the earth
And in between are many hues
Pick one that sends you mirth.
Juniper’s First Verse
So Says the Mainstream
Juniper in the Dragon Footprint with blue dragon dust on her feet
“I don’t think it’s the fairies.” Juniper said.
Everyone looked, surprised. “You don’t think the fairies would protect our world— our things from the past that might be here?” asked Marigold.
“It’s not that. Look.” She stood surrounded by wood sorrel in a rut between the row of grapes and a row of lavender.
Everyone craned their necks to look down at her feet.
“No— come here. I think you can only see it if you look straight down.”
Each person picked up their buckets and walked to Juniper, who held her hand up just as they were a few feet from her. “Stop there. Think blue. And look straight down.”
“I see nothing.” Jade said.
“Nor I,” Marigold added.
“Think blue?” Jasmine asked.
“Think blue.” And she is it softly, but deliberately so the “oo” part was just a bit longer than normal.
Jasmine picked up a piece of broken trellis and held it out in front of her, poking it into the ground and outlining a shape. “I think I see this in blue.” She said blue just the way Juniper did.
As she drew, Juniper smiled and Jade’s eyes grew large. Marigold covered her mouth, and Joseph mumbled, “dragon.”
There in the dirt, with flattened grasses and wood sorrel, was the shape of a small dragon’s foot— a footprint of translucent blue.Sheri Edwards
“I’m standing in the other footprint.” And when they looked down at Juniper’s feet, blue dust covered her shoes.
So Says the Moonstream
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