This; Now

The gentlest of breezes wafts the scent of sage, mint, and sweet grass up from the garden;

Hummingbirds whoosh past on their way to the flowers;

A squirrel skitters through the duff;

The Cedars rustle softly;

The birds chirp their various songs, hidden from view in the branches.

Deep stillness rests within me,

Reminding me that

Everything—

The hard and the good,

All of it from all the times—

Has given me this moment.

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