In a crevice of the pond
there is movement, ever so slight.
It alerts my senses
to something hidden,
only partially seen.
It takes a moment to realize what I am seeing,
and in that moment
I stop, breath stops, heart stops.
Fear is quick to come, slow to leave, and often irrational.
I smile now realizing
it is not Snake,
the movement is Frog's.
He has come unawares, preferring a solitary existance,
hidden in the darkness of pond's crevice.
The alert came through my senses,
as spiritual symbols often do.
There is a message...
be alert to that which is hidden in darkness.
There is another message...
a reminder of words,
hidden in my heart.
Precepts taught, declared, and lived.
Your words hidden there,
that darkness cannot hide
even in their remembrance.
How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought you; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.