A Poem: A Moment

Happiness is here

its under the oak tree,
or the open sky
of blue, or stars
against the dark.

It’s in the breeze,
soft against my skin,
or strong enough
to blow all my efforts apart.

So that I simply am
here right now;
nothing brought to bear
on this time.

Nothing to take away even.
Not the stars or the sun
that were here before me,
and will be still, when I’m gone.

This moment alone
single and complete,
holds all the treasure
of life in an acorn.

In my child’s smile
and my beloved’s arms
I find brief peace
to last a lifetime.

Even though in a breath
it is lived,
and in a breath
it’s then gone.

For somehow
under each moment
time stretches its tent,
so I am caught aloft.

The stars tell me this,
and that gap in the dark
where the lit heavens
break through.

I fall in to happiness,
which while momentary
depends on something
more lasting than us.

Yes life is full,
and I’m held complete.
This happiness found in the moment,
I unwrap it.

Ana Lisa de Jong
Living Tree Poetry
August 2017

Photo:  My own (Haihei, NZ)

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.
Ecclesiastes 3:11

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