by Jan Falls
And what will you do
with this unspent year,
these 365 never-before days
unspooling from the wheel as it turns,
neither stopping nor hurrying
despite your self-driven pace?
Will you greet each one
with heart wide open,
seeing all the beauty of this world
as well as its infinite sadness,
the madness and grief woven into
the achingly exquisite texture of a day?
Will you pause...
in your haste for each busy day to be done,
for the next special event to arrive,
so that you might taste any moment now
be it bitter, fresh, rich or bland
and let it roll across your tongue
so that you truly savour it?
Greet each new day without clinging or aversion
or worse without noticing,
bring to it your own aliveness
as intimate and near to you as your breath.
Unwrap each day as the gift it is;
be surprised with delight or with disappointment
but do not look away too long
for this one will not come to you again