Weathered and worn, the old cabin sat quietly watching from its grassy spot as the lazy river strolled past it's front door
Life reflected through cloudy panes
It's voice as silent as blanketing snowfall in a shadowed forest
Remembering once when it's beams were filled with newness
Deep bronzed browns laden with the pungency of freshly cut cedar
Beams placed just so creating exact angled intersections
This one over that one and so on
A creation of perfect lines and symmetry protecting all inside
It's proud heart beating warmly of a welcoming home
Smoke that coursed through veins from a blazing fire
warming the wintry chill of all within
Windows thrown open at Spring's arrival
It's guests fragrant wildflowers transported on a gentle breeze.
Flower dotted landscape of new growth
shaded light by a huge old oak
Time, like the river, flowed on.
Day after day
One moment trickling into another with hypnotic rhythm
Today a second had passed
Tomorrow a lifetime of a hundred years
The tomfoolery of time that lulls until one day the blinders are suddenly and without warning ripped away
The once beautiful cabin now faded and exposed .
Thoughts flooded its head with those memories most dear
Pondering how it had gotten here -- this place This time.
Saddened of it's now dulled patina the cabin found comfort in realizing that not everything changes
The birds still perched for morning song on welcoming window sills
Smoke rose and drifted from its chimney each day
The river stayed course on its journey, never changing
Beams, although now a faded shade of graying brown, possessed a beauty of strength.
The ravages of life had come
sometimes work an urgent or demanding knock upon the door
but here it still stood overlooking all that was before it
Eyes of glass reflecting an enduring beauty within it's welcoming heart.
Time had not been a foe
Instead a most welcome guest and teacher of life's deepest treasures.
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