I remember yesterday when I stepped outside,
strolling down the undisturbed road
with my dog on my left, his gait as graceful
as a galloping horse in slow motion.
Maybe the squirrels raised their
sleepy heads because of the early hour.
The sky appeared to be coal black,
but when I turned the corner, watermelon pinks,
corals, and lemon yellows took center stage.
My camera did not deliver.
Then I thought of my son
who often says, “Enjoy the moment.”
I slipped that device back in my pocket.
Passing the orange poppies, I imagined
their stems fluttered with excitement,
eager for the sun’s ascent, and in the distance,
silence sang its serene ballad.
As the tempo of our pace sped up,
a breeze joined us,
and the leaves on the trees lining the lane
swayed in rhythm as though dancing a waltz.
Jowls flapped, he smiled with brown nose
set in overdrive. The sun’s gentle touch
added a glimmer to his copper coat.
There was a moment when I paused,
bending down to his level,
fingers stroking shiny, silky fur,
his eyes closed, contented from contact.
When we moved again, his nails on the asphalt
mimicked the clicking of castanets,
and in that second, I realized these observations
on this early morning are what life is all about…
the seeing…touching…smelling…listening…
the being.

Lauren Scott (c) 2021

41 thoughts on “Castanets

  1. Latmospherique

    This poem is beautiful Lauren. I love every bits of it.
    Yes “enjoy the moment”, it’s all there is. And wehn we pause and do so, the world seems to stop with us so we could see and smell and touch the beauty.
    Have a lovely day. Your poem made mine!

    1. Thanks so much for your beautiful words, Marie. I’m so glad my poem had that positive effect on you and your day. I agree with all you said about when we pause. Have a lovely tomorrow! xo

    1. Thanks for your lovely comment, Marina. I’m happy you liked my words and message. Sometimes we just need to treasure those moments and pauses in order to truly see, feel, listen, and be. 🙂 xoxoxoxoxo

  2. Lauren, this is a wonderful piece of writing, I can feel it all through you ur words. Your realisation at the end is beautiful:
    “ , I realized these observations
    on this early morning are what life is all about…
    the seeing…touching…smelling…listening…
    the being.“


    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Miriam. I am so glad you liked the poem and the realization at the end. And I truly appreciate you saying so. 🙂 Have a wonderful Thursday!

  3. Moments do need our attention, as they evoke such lovely poetry. Your description reminded me of the moments my friend tried to capture in her camera and I kept saying… hold them in your heart and your eyes! Such is the effect of moments. A beautiful poem Lauren.

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Balroop. I tend to be camera happy (a lot), so I need to heed the advice of my son and simply enjoy the moment. This poem was derived from one of those. I appreciate your lovely words. Thank you! 💞

  4. Thank you for sharing your walking memory. It did trigger some memories of walks in beautiful tranquil places I’ve visited in the past. Walking sure beats the treadmill as there is so much to observe 🙂

  5. LOVE this! You are true to all of your thoughts and emotions in your book.
    Anyway, I’m here scouring for a pic of your book cover. The one in my Kobo Reader is too wide.
    I know I will find one! xoxo

  6. Lauren,
    I know that feeling of wanting to capture the moment with a photo. There are times it is about privately savoring the event at hand. I have had this lesson many times via hummingbirds and butterflies, who have come up to greet me. In this blog, you have been able to use your words to paint a picture of what you experienced. For that I am grateful. Many Blessings Lisa xoxo

    1. Thanks so much for your lovely words, Lisa, and I’m glad you can understand the concept of enjoying the moment. I would also be tempted with those hummingbirds and butterflies. Have a wonderful Monday. xoxo

    1. Such a wonderful comment, Betty. It’s all about the here and now, the journey and noticing our surroundings. This simple walk was lovely in many ways. Thank you! 💕💕💕

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