Sunday, February 19, 2012

When It’s Time to Stop Time

Week 7

When It’s Time to Stop Time


1. Imagine the yesteryear scene in a small town, a suburb or neighborhood in a larger city. How does it feel?

2. This is what centennial celebrations do for 10 days or so and prices are rolled back 100 years.

3. I’m thinking it might be fun to paint a Norman Rockwell picture in my own mind.

4. I’ll paint the playground at Longfellow school—that yellow brick building that still stands—playing kickball before the 8:50 am bell.

5. Slow down is what I hear. Find the time to not do. Stop doing and clear clutter.

6. We can’t go back, but we can go in, or, perhaps, out. Mere things can pass into the background.

7. Stop! Where are you needed? Stop time. Be there, where you’re needed. So productive…


Let’s make believe
the two main streets
of the downtown
that cross each other
and run a half-mile each
have been closed
to car traffic
and thrown open
by the city fathers
for play-day.
It’s a mild Sunday afternoon,
people strolling and milling
with no cause—
some with their kids—
stopping for an ice cream
or glass of wine,
looking in store windows,
skirting an open fire hydrant
for the rowdy, pausing
for the bocci ball
played at a corner patch,
sitting on benches,
saying hello, smiling,
running into old friends,
making new ones.

© 2012 Allan Cox, Allan Cox & Associates, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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