I am participating in the March Slice of Life Story Challenge. Thanks to the co-authors of Two Writing Teachers for creating this supportive community.
Yesterday Was World Poetry Day which totally escaped me until I read Paula Bourque’s slice. In it, Paula shared a video of Billy Collins reading his poem “Aimless Love.” She introduced it by asking her readers to listen “with loving ears and open heart.” I was captivated. I was mesmerized. I watched and listened three times. Billy’s poem is about finding and appreciating the small wonders in life, and it fits in perfectly as we all search for “slices” throughout the day. I had a busy day ahead of me with errands and catching up – the perfect opportunity to fall in love with the small things in life. So, one day late, here is my offering for World Poetry Day. Thank you, Paula and Billy.
My Aimless Love (an inspiration from Billy Collins)
This morning I stepped into the shower
and fell in love with the feel of the hot water
trickling over my head and down my back.
Later I walked outside and fell in love with the changing chirps
of the birds
as winter melts into spring.
Friends are returning.
Today I fell in love with Panera’s garden chicken wonton bowl –
almost a soup, not quite a salad,
a delicious mix of colors
delighting my senses.
And in the checkout line at the grocery store
I fell in love with the little girl in the purple boots
who wished me a happy life.