Beside the sidewalk for all to see
Knotted and weathered, the smiling tree.
People passed by, seeing not much
Heads buried down in technology’s clutch.
Others too hurried to bother to look
Minds clearly elsewhere, not present, forsook.
Until a young child came upon smiling tree
She tugged at her mother “Look mom and see”.
“Look at the tree it’s so happy to be
Standing so strong and smiling at me.”
Her mother looked up, she paused and stood still
Knowing her mind had been elsewhere until
Her daughter so wisely was present and saw
The beauty of nature, a moment of awe.
The mom realized she’d been absent yet there
And vowed from now on to be present and care.
They walked away slowly, the child turned and blinked
When she thought for a moment the smiling tree winked.
A gentle reminder to be present, because this is the only moment there is, and then poof!…it’s gone
“Great is the human who has not lost his childlike heart.” ~ Mancius
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