Sunday, December 9, 2012

Take Time for the Little Things

Take Time for the Little Things

            1.   When I least expect it, a small occasion from my life will
                  come for a re-visit.

            2.   It can come at slow times or fast; sitting still or with
                  action all around, and on the move.

            3.   All it takes for this to happen is some small sign; a word,
                  a look from somebody, a smell, or just a color.

            4.   The result for me, even if wrapped up in a compelling
                  task, is that I cannot not stop and take it in somehow.

            5.   It belongs! Why?

            6.   Because it is in a peculiar way, even though not readily
                  obvious, a coming to myself.

            7.   Take time for those little re-visits. Double-back. They
                  may tell you what’s missing.


Ding, dong, ding
It’s a healing sound
from our childhood.
Every few weeks
in the hot summer
afternoons when all
had grown still and
quiet except for
the buzzing of the
grasshoppers and
an occasional freight
running by on
the nearby tracks,
the little man came
through the alleys of
our neighborhood,
pushing his craft cart
with its soft call
to our mothers
in their kitchens.
I’m here, it said,
to sharpen your knives
and my grinding wheel
is ready.

Ding, dong, ding

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


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