Take the time
to embrace someone,
feel the happy crush
of warm weight
against your own.

Take the time
to pay attention
to something small,
a bird
a leaf
a breath
a smile.

Take the time
to notice the way
the stripes of clouds
curl against the nape
of the sky
in seamless greeting.

Take the time
to mind the gaps
give them heed,
those tiny spaces
filling life with wonder.

It’s where
the true joys
lay in wait.