Every weekend they visited
these springs, paddling their kayak 
in and out of moss leaden groves
capturing the wonder on film,
nestling it firmly in their hearts.

They rejoiced in the simplicity.
This masterpiece hand-crafted
by nature, marveling that something
so majestic existed, 
right outside their door.

They treasured these moments.
This communion with nature
and the magic living,
breathing all around them.

But that was before. 
Before nature wrought 
a different kind of fury. 
Before everything changed.
In the blink of an eye, 
their magic was altered. 
Its past destroyed.

Side by side they witness 
the changes
the beauty lost
the destruction left behind.

But what of the other destruction?
The one existing bone deep?
The one they carry inside them? 
The one that remembers
and now must go on.

© 2019 Jennifer N. Fenwick
Photos by Jason Davis 

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