A Birthday Post / Poem about a Whale Ear Bone

Not my birthday…

But a very Happy Birthday to my favorite person to go walking with!

From Mt. Diablo in California... the hike that got me hooked on hiking thanks to Chris!
From Mt. Diablo in California… the hike that got me hooked on hiking thanks to this guy!

It’s also been four years since the day we decided to take a lifelong walk together… Happy Anniversary!

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And a poem:

Philip’s Birthday

I gave,
to a friend that I care for deeply,
something that I loved.
It was only a small

extremely shapely bone
that came from the ear
of a whale.
It hurt a little

to give it away.
The next morning
I went out, as usual,
at sunrise,

and there, in the harbor,
was a swan.
I don’t know
what he or she was doing there,

but the beauty of it
was gift.
Do you see what I mean?
You give, and you are given.

– Mary Oliver

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