The rain started last night and continued today
I didn’t walk to the river this morning
Instead I went to the Wellness Center for a workout.
This afternoon I was in the Study Center
In the library helping students with their homework.
Afterwards I attended my Rotary Club meeting.
This evening I started reading Conversation With Friends,
A novel by Sally Rooney.
The little things that make life interesting.
We can measure the day by how long it rained
HOr by how happy is the student after
She understood what she was studying for days.
A green leaf started sprouting from a seed
Aboard the lunar lander at the surface of the moon.
That’s a living plant listening to Moonlight Sonata.
Pearls of laughter, precious and soft
The laundry hanging, rhododendrons of peach and purple
Photos of them together next to a giraffe
Arranged themselves in her mind
While she walks on the beach
with no vanishing point
Where children are playing,
Two are chasing the gulls
They will not be at the tea ceremony
dainty mountain of gestures and formalities they want no part
One day the memory will rise
And remember one own’s happiness
Like a child waking up
Her eyes looking at her mother
Her mother smiling at her
She turns around and walks back
The children and the birds are gone
The sands are changing colors
Someone waves from a distance
She continues her walk on the beach
With no vanishing point.
Yesterday on my walk to the river I passed by a lady arranging lots of bottles on the driveway.Curious I stopped by and inquired.”All empty bottles of vitamins.150 bottles.I took them as part of my cancer treatment,” she said. She was diagnosed with cancer a year ago. She had surgery and chemotherapy. “I’m cancer free now,” she said. “Happy Rebirth Day” the sign says.A new life. “We can live with cancer,” she said.
She let me share her happiness on that beautiful afternoon. I was very happy for her.
You have experienced life at its highest
and its lowest
are you surprised that you can love so much
and suffer so much?
You can extend happiness to everything
-a pair of running shoes, sounds
of sonnets read, laughter while flying kite,
shrimp on the grill, a chain saw.
You have arrived at the moment
that you have created
your mind filled with clarity
-a river joining the sea.
Fresh steps, fresh snow
I’m sorry I missed you.
You visited. I was away.
30 days before the year’s end
eternal origin, eternal destiny
time ends, each differently.
“Did you just see what I didn’t see?”
“It just vanished.”
“That’s what I said.”
“Food tastes best:
when fat, acid, salt, and sweet
are in balance.” I still have time.
Note: I was not able to attend the celebration of Dr WHO’s 50th year anniversary 2 Fridays ago in the library. In DOCTOR WHO’s honor I read DOCTOR WHO :Shada: The Lost Adventure by Douglas Adams by Gareth Roberts
Maybe now I can find time for the Hitchhiker.
Want to be happy? Be grateful. by David Steindl-Rast