Five Minute Friday: Slow

This is a poem written in five minutes flat, on the prompt “Slow” for the Five-Minute Friday linkup.

Slow is a breath of fresh air

after writing for days and days,

copying, pasting, editing, sending.

I open the front door

and step out into February sunshine

seventy degrees and breezy.

Slow is the stroll up the gravel drive

to the church cemetery

where I walk in a loop

around sleeping saints.

Slow is a wink of hope

when I catch a glimpse

of yellow shining bright

among dead leaves:

daffodils pushing through

so early

so welcome.

Slow is an envelope of peace

as I listen to the birds twittering

in the cedar trees

as I hear squirrels scuttering

over fallen branches

as I watch the hawk circle slowly

over us, seeing what I don’t notice.

But today I take notice

of the small things,

the tiny purple flowers

peering up cheerful

amid the gravel.

I just finished writing my third self-published book, The Fruitful Life, a study on the fruits of the spirit.  I hope you’ll join me when it goes on sale March 5, 2017 and also in the online Bible study March 6 – 31, 2017.

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  • I love your poem…it caused me to take a breath, slow down and read it. There is so much beauty in the world if we will simply slow down long enough to notice it, isn’t there. Stopping in from Grace & Truth

    • Sarah

      Hi Leah, thanks for stopping by. I’m glad my poem gave you a moment of “slow.” Visiting your site now!

  • I got distracted: February and 70F – heavenly! We just got the first real snow fall this winter so daffodils are still far away. But thanks for sharing the hope. We too will get there. Enjoy! Be blessed!

    • Sarah

      I love early spring, not much of a winter person. But I love seeing photos of other people’s winters. Snow is beautiful–we only get a bit here and there where I live, and I’m just fine with that!

  • Lovely poem and interpretation for this prompt.

    • Sarah

      Thank you Debby!

  • Beautiful poem, Sarah. I bet the slow walk in the beautiful weather this week had to feel just wonderful!

    • Sarah

      Yes, Joanne, it felt wonderful! Blessings to you!

  • Julie Loos

    Great poem! I can’t to be outside more with warmer temperatures and slow down and enjoy God’s creation.

    • Sarah

      Thanks Julie! So glad you stopped by. I hope you can take a spring walk soon!