String Lights

I’d like to memorize this moment–

how they all were woven together

beneath the twinkling stars.

Their shiny black hair reflected the setting sun,

and their smiles were happy,

springing from deep within– so much contentment,

 

and so much underlying it.

I can recall the red dress I was wearing,

and the weight I was carrying to be reminded

that I had to leave them in the morning.

 

But I didn’t need to sulk in that sadness.

I only needed to memorize the moment,

to preserve the more important feeling of

how they each reminded me of what mattered:

I had to get on that plane tomorrow

and finish what I needed to do,

and come back home to them

for the next time, indefinitely true.

 

There is purpose to these moments we know

we’ll look back on. When we’re living in them,

thinking, I’m going to miss this.

I’m going to remember this.

These are the defining moments

that highlight our meaning,

our life course, and our purpose.

 

There is so much more to care about beyond ourselves,

more than what is contained within our skin.

These moments tell us what it is.

-October 2017

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