Everything in Beauty

Red beetles shuffle over glittering sand,

shriveled rose sheds pink petal by petal,

a limpid tear swells with the final closing of the eyes,

stealthy hawk drops with a thump

on squealing rabbit, the grumble of thunder

rolling down the canyon, yellow finch flaps

black girdled wings at my approach,

the lonely whine of traffic on a wet road,

amber mushrooms on a rain dark log,

rippled muscle of mud at clear stream’s edge,

bump of bodies board the city bus,

magenta bleeds through umbrage

in the last light of day,

how intensely important it is

to celebrate each flash of life as it fades,

drink in what shimmers, embrace what lingers,

notice more than we can name.


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