Today’s to-do list is long—
Clear the back deck of dried beans
and a drinking straw
left from yesterday when I taught
my grandson how to make
a pea shooter
Clean the upstairs bathroom
and whatever else comes up in between.
But my cat was on my lap,
curled and cozy
as if to say,
what’s the hurry,
this is what’s important.
And I noticed how brown strands of fur
mingled with gray,
how the white was growing whiter with age,
how her closed eyes smiled
and her breath gentled in and out.
I hushed the waiting tasks,
felt the warm sun on my shoulders,
listened to the quiet
for a moment
and a moment longer.
When I rose to tackle my to-do list,
my cat followed me upstairs
and sat in a splash of sun,
as I calmly cleaned the bathroom
to a porcelain shine.
She was at peace.
And so was I.
– kh –
Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.
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