On Finding Perfect Moments

How to capture a snippet of life – a handful of seconds sewn together and framed by a desire to hold on (hold on, tight!) to the memory at hand.

How elusive these moments seem if we should try to chase them (chase them down!) and keep them, capture them, force them to stay.

We want a bit of peace, or love, or laughter – quiet, golden moments,

Ones we can scrapbook in our minds and save for a rainy day –

But instead we stalk our prey with hurried anticipation.

Now! Now! Now!

We grasp and clasp our hands overhead

Only to pull them to our chest, peak through our palms to find them empty.

Or we tiptoe gently, cautiously,

Back- hunched, prepared to pounce,

And they sense our approach, hot air on the back of the neck,

And scatter like birds.

But if we should sit and wait a while (shhh just a little while) preparing for their visit,

We may find they have been closer than we’ve thought. And that this time, they’d like to stay a while

If it’s okay with you.

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