An Alternate Reality

Enlightenment

What does it mean to live,
to really live?

Watching six kittens play in the yard next door
Making up silly titles to holy songs at church
Trimming an out-of-control weed bush as if it were long-stemmed roses

The mundane. The unimportant.
Is that what it means to really live?

The kids on bikes wheeling down the road
The name-less neighbor who waves as I drive by
The flock of birds outside the window that scatter as I raise the shade

The unacknowledged. The barely seen.
Are they what life is really about?

I think I’ve been missing something
in my perpetual search for meaning.
I think I have been blind and deaf and unaware.

Life is happening all around me.
Meaning is there, in the essential little things.

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