Can I pause for just a moment
to enjoy this summer day?
With the breeze teasing the branches and
a chickadee brightly calling?
Can I stop and listen to the cicada’s sultry whine?
Can I smell the fragrant flowers on the sea salted air?
Will I pause long enough to watch gulls wheeling overhead?
Or stop my frantic rushing to watch a butterfly at rest?
Can my eyes follow the darting of a jewel like dragonfly?
Can my heart stop to fill with wonder on this perfect summer day?
Can my soul drink it all in and hold it as a promise
against the coming winter’s snow?
Can I taste such sweetness and live?
~Kathie Adams Brown ( September 4, 2014)