Arlene Ashack

Either Side of the Window

Inside, warm and cozy,
But some days, oh so confining
Just to hear another voice
Touch another person
                           Becomes such a need

Outside ten inches of snow
With sunshine making it glow
And footprints of little creatures
Suggesting other forms of life
                           And another world

Two opposite window views…
Not really.  One draws inward
The other outward
Actually a broadening and deepening
                           Enriching the soul

Remove the wall
And it’s one world
With its pain, struggle,
Joy and delight
                           All the parts evolving us

Who would have thought
Covid would open us
While closing us down
Poignantly revealing the
                           Hidden treasure of ourselves

Don’t jump to the outcome
Stay with the moment, they say
The journey offers
An excitement
                           Can I receive it

The mystery of it…
A paradox…
That dark and light
Enhance the sight
                           Allowing us to shine

Laugh in the dark
Cry in the light
It’s all one
Gifts in disguise
                           Giving us life

Poem by Arlene Ashack

Photo by Cari Shields

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