Focus

One day a few months back, someone asked if I really looked around while I was taking photos of the sunset that night. I said yes and I did/do, but it got me thinking of what else is around we hardly pay attention to as we are so focused on the task at hand. Do we see the bats who fly at dusk? Do we notice those who walk their dogs at dusk? Do we hear the screams of ones who don’t want to do their homework and want to play outside still? Do we notice how close that car got to us even though we are well off the road? Do we notice the ones in the hidden shadows that seem to be there, but are not there for all to see? Do we see everything there is to see, why no we don’t. But we choose what we focus on in that moment. As for my focus on the sunsets, I have always seen the bats that fly at dusk. But I am more aware of the the clouds that form in other areas not just the sunset ones of which is very enjoyable to see, too. I am grateful for those who share in seeing there is so much beauty in this world. And am equally grateful for compassion as we share this planet with one another. ~pharris

Merry Go Round

 

Walking into the playground
Excited to see
There was my favorite
A merry-go-round
I ran straight towards
Ready to jump on board
Not realizing my shoelaces
Were not all tired
I tripped and fell
Straight into a mud puddle
Determined not to cry
I checked myself over
Quickly tying my laces
Fragile, yet eager to spin
I ran along side
Then jumped on board
Holding the rail at first
Letting go to balance
Rounding round
Again and again
Not able to focus
Upon any object
No clear path
Dizziness set in
Must gain focus
To step off
Not happening
Grabbing the rail
I sit down
And let the spinning
Stop
Slowly there is closure
Refocusing on departure
Composed and calm
After such an adventure
Rest is all I need
By Pauline Harris

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