A MATTER OF TIME
Amid the grumbling murmur of one’s so serious
unexpectedly displaced by the sudden and unforseen storm
I scrambled to appease recognizing full well that eventually,
the sun would shine…
A matter of time.
As impatience magnified, in this inconvenient delay
of summer thunder and driving rain,
I encountered the sad nature of man
who, in his eternal haste and seeming negativity
had forgotten the luxury of unexpected time.
Forever on the clock, over-scheduled, rat raced
his interaction now with fellow man was
reduced to competition, occluded by the hovering clouds
as time itself had become the great unknown
in this fast paced world of instant gratification.
And as it is my nature to pacify impatient man,
in attempt to stay one step ahead of the tic...tock...
I took a moment to look outside, assess and estimate the
delay, engage the back-up plan… while tuning out the grumble
in hopes that some would welcome the serenity of the rain.
My eyes were treated to an unexpected sight…
no, not a hint of sun or wash of blue amid the grey,
but a child, all of two, who earlier had cried...
afraid to leave his father’s side or come inside
as thunder rolled, and grumbles grew….
“My Daddy… My Daddy!”
His whine and fears now set aside
found himself happily at home in the deluge...
his game was not delayed…merely enhanced.
He ran, rain-soaked with laughter,
head-long through the downpour, stopping on occasion
To feel the rain drops quench his smiling thirst
Splashing through the walkway’s stream
kicking sandaled arcs to lead the way
even the bedraggled daylilies smiled as he
pounced two-footed into the deepest puddles
collapsing into the murky brew,
leaving mud angels behind.
And Daddy, a safe, dry distance away
quietly encouraged his son to continue play
the rain his new found friend
And without knowing, he caused a hush
as the impatient ones one-footed, dry indoors
took note of him and not their watches for a change
now captivated by the innocence of one so small
and his unaffected ability,
to make sunshine out of rain…
And for a second...
Time stood still.