Things have been so busy lately
that my feet haven't touched the ground.
I'm running from morning until night,
with no end in sight.
I need a minute, or two, to collect my thoughts,
to hit the pause button on my life,
and breathe slowly.
I need to slow down;
there's so much cramming in my head,
and not enough time to savor the moments.
Get up, go to work, go to bed.
I want to stop and smell the flowers,
gaze at the moon and the stars,
take a drive down a dusty road
and forget the time on the clock.
I want to have long conversations with an old friend
over iced tea on the front porch
and we'll hug each other's necks
when it's time to leave and say good-bye.
because old friendships are a rare and beautiful thing
I want to browse to my heart's content in second- hand stores
finding lost treasures that someone slipped in a box
or the vintage find that reminds me of a childhood memory
now collecting dust in an antique store
I want to sip coffee, slowly,
with the newspaper spread all around
and time to clip recipes and coupons;
read the funnies and work the crossword puzzle.
I want to play with the children
and get down on the floor,
read stories that make them laugh
and tickle their funny bone
I want to bake from scratch
the recipes my mother used to make
and pour me a cup of tea
from the teapot that I inherited.
I want to listen to soft music
that drowns out the noise
and latest headline news
I want to spend time talking to God
and listening to what he has to say
instead of always feeling rushed
and being on my way
And when I do,
He'll give me a moment, or two
To slow down
and hit the pause button
So I can stop and breathe.
(c) Anita M. Ashworth 2010