Monday, August 2

Mindful Monday: This “Fourth of July World”

Imagine This

by Freya Manfred

When you’re young, and in good health,
you can imagine living in New York City,
or Nepal, or in a tree beyond the moon,
and who knows who you’ll marry: a millionaire,
a monkey, a sea captain, a clown.

But the best imaginers are the old and wounded,
who swim through ever narrowing choices,
dedicating their hearts to peace, a stray cat,
a bowl of homemade vegetable soup,
or red Mountain Ash berries in the snow.

Imagine this: only one leg and lucky to have it,
a jig-jagged jaunt with a cane along the shore,
leaning on a walker to get from grocery to car,
smoothing down the sidewalk on a magic moving chair,
teaching every child you meet the true story

of this sad, sweet, tragic, Fourth of July world.

What are you noticing about what you attend to?

for Mindful Monday

Source: "Imagine This” by Freya Manfred from Speak, Mother. © Red Dragonfly Press, 2015. Found on "The Writer's Almanac."
Photo Credit: "Red Berries in Snow,", 2008.

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