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5 gratitudes

5 gratitudes

20 minutes of cleaning
15 minutes of meditation
and we’re done…
what else to fill this time
a stroke of genius
a stroke of the clock
before the stroke of midnight
or a stroke of my heart
who knew
time
would slow
and empty
pause
this is not the time i’m after

5 gratitudes
i am healthy
i have close friends
my mother is still alive
i have hot water
and a dog
and still
an enormous effort
to keep moving

forward
i hope
onward
in time
toward…
and that’s the problem

40 pushups

the god
the plan
the motivation
inconsistent
variable
so often i am waiting for the time
for the event to begin

1 minute plank

i sit alone
in my car
in the parking lot
in the garage
at the dentist’s office
waiting for the right time
to begin

75 situps

laundrydishesfloorsbed
or
stop
wait
to accept the things i cannot change
the courage
to rise up
start again
make changes
push through pauses
and out of the car
through prayer and meditation
to seek a conscious contact

with myself

at the present moment
waiting at peace
getup make bed shower shave dress
every day is a gift
each pause a moment
for gratitude
prayer

and the wisdom
to know the difference

and the power to carry that out
this time
different
from all the times before

amen

6-26-23

i am the poet of desire by john oakley mcelhenney

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