Right this minute,
we are all safe and sound.
I’ll take it.
Hold my breath and enjoy.
No one is mad.
No one is troubled.
Everyone is right where they should be.
There is a whisper of perfection.
So frail, we must talk softly.
So subtle, I almost missed it.
A fleeting glimpse.
A bubble bouncing
on a blade of grass;
the burst inevitable but gentle.
A moment demanding to be noticed.
As delicate as a dress
being saved for a special occasion.
Taking careful time to be revealed.
So, stop and listen.
Sip and taste.
Savoring the sweetness swirled
in a heavy glass and enjoyed.
where all is well and rare.
Kids are outside to play.
Laughing and giggling.
Today, it seems there are no monsters to slay and I can say
I’ve mothered them well.
Relax and welcome the swell.
Pride and contentment warm my face.
I smile and glow and celebrate
a moment of jokes,
hugs and welcome homes!
In an instant, a visit.
My brother on hometown soil.
Respite for this refugee.
We all grasp at our chance to share him.
Slice his time like a juicy pie.
Against his will, but he won’t mind.
He has no choice.
Making the rounds.
Breaking bread with friends…
before his journey beings.
Right this minute we know we’re lucky.
To see that he is still himself.
Home and whole.
Here, and FULL of life and laughter.
Stories, glories and dreams.
Burn this onto all of our hearts,
file it away as he goes.
So when he closes his eyes tight at night we will be with him there.
Wherever he will be.
Where a war will rage
to rob him of his joy
Innocence and revelries.
We will be as real as we can be.
Tucked into a corner of his heart that he will guard fiercely.
Visiting when the coast is clear.
This is now, for real.
As real as his big, brown bag thrown into the back of my truck.
Heavy with the clothes and concerns he has packed up.
Tossed aside for a respite,
and peace of mind.
As real as his laugh that hasn’t changed since he was a kid.
Singing and dancing in cowboy boots and fringe.
Making everyone laugh as he always did.
As real as the curly red hair kept short on his head.
As real as this moment that’s already being muted.
As real as being fully alive as we are right now!
Sewn together in a way
I couldn’t describe if I tried.