Getting Lucky–Sometimes it’s as easy as paying attention

Posted by on 12.25.10 | 2 Comments
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This Christmas, my six-year-old son taught me the lesson of how valuable it can be to pay attention–a found poem.

Guilty Bystander

The gate of heaven is everywhere.
—Thomas Merton, “Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander”

“I don’t know,”
says Finn,
and I forget

what that first
question was,
but speaking

into the microphone
of the karaoke machine,
I then asked him,

“What do you know
for sure?”
And he says

into his mic,
“If you only
ask Santa

for one present,
he’ll bring it to you.”
I ask him,

“What else do you know?”
The reverb knob
is turned to max

so his quick answer
bounces around
the room, “Sometimes

nothing can be true.”
So I ask him,
“What else?”

and he says,
“The world
changes.”

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