The Surprise

 

I like to go through my day mindful of my surroundings
 
letting thoughts rush through me.
 

 

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Noticing the shadows cast by the trees
 
and the gaps of green between them.
 
Noticing the bird, is it a pheasant
 

disappearing into the woods?
 
Thinking about what happened in Nagasaki all those years ago.

 

 

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Noticing the delicacy of the spider’s web
 
draped across a leaf
 
announcing its artistry
 
announcing the delicacy of human relationships.

 
And then sometimes there are surprises like
 
a new chainsaw sculpture – this time an Emu with eggs.
 

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Walking mindfully is full of disturbances,ruptures, and then rewards
 
leading me to think of poems and stories everywhere I go and be,
 
and dream the possibility of peace.
 
(c) June Perkins

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