What Happens in the Pause

If you pause today

and breathe deeply

and look and


you may discover

the joy of a stranger’s smile

the comfort of the hot mug

resting in the curve 

of your hand

the love of a friend

stroking your hair 

as you cry 

the pleasure of burrowing

into a warm bed-nest

after the day’s work

the delight

of music reaching into


happily plucking

the taut heart-strings

making your spirit 


a jig

or a slow, grand walz

dizzying with



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