In the moment…

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In the moment…

I want to stare out this window.
I want to drink my Jasmine tea
with sweet honey
and listen to the wind howling
and whistling
through the gaps in the sliding doors.

I don’t want to slice at this moment.
I want to be in the moment.

I want to gaze about the room.
I want to taste my buttery croissant
with flaky layers
and smell the lilies decorating
and nestling
amongst the all-white flowers in the central vase.

I don’t want to slice at this moment.
I want to be in the moment.

I want to think of my days here.
I want to replay my experiences
with Jeremy
and remember the conversations sprinkling
and weaving
throughout the sightseeing in the week.

I don’t want to slice at this moment.
So I will leave this slice-in-verse
and return to the poetry of this place.

 

 

Going to See My Baby!

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I am just over 12 hours from jumping on a plane. I am less than 48 hours from seeing my baby. My baby who moved in July to the other side of the world.

After a week of conferences and keeping my excitement contained, I am finally at the eve of my departure. Less than 50 lbs. of luggage, all-carry on, sits in my hall, awaiting my trip to Japan where my son has taken up a life.

I have not seen his animated face through Skype or Facetime. He does not have wifi in his apartment. He does have a cell phone though, and technology trumps snail mail. We have employed LINE app to send photos and messages. We’ve also used it like a phone so I have heard his voice.

But, since July, I have not seen him talking to me, or laughing, and I have not hugged or kissed that child. On Sunday night, Okinawa time (EST +13 hours), I will get to squeeze my baby. My heart squeezes a bit just thinking about it.

Somehow, I plan to keep up my slices. I will capture some moments, like when we visit an elementary school, and go to traditional cultural sites. It should be fertile ground for my writer’s notebook…if I can stop soaking in my child long enough to pick up my pen, or tap out some words on a keyboard.