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Earth’s cool breath lifts from the frosted field.
A magical moment that happens once in a lifetime.
This moment right now is magical, do not miss it!
Only today will the steam leave the grass this way.
Dark clouds push in with the smell of salmon.
The musk of the soil balances the plate.
This moment right now is magical, do not miss it!
You have only one chance to see life this way.
Why is my life more important than this blade?
I may be the straw blowing in the wind.
I may be the steel tip of a bayonet finding flesh,
and laying to rest another fine son of mine.
Earth’s cool breath rises from the voluptuous field.
A magical moment that happens once in a lifetime.

(Title taken from from a line in Walt Whitman’s poem, “Song of Myself.” “Smile O Voluptuouse cool breath’d earth.”)

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5 Comments

  1. Dean, I love it when you turn your pen from politics to poetry. You have the natural eye of a poet for what is beautiful and special. This is lovely.

    • DeanWalker (Author)

      Thanks, Melody. The funny thing is, this poem as a political message woven into it. Sometimes I just can’t help myself. LOL! Much Love, Dean

  2. Cher Duncombe

    Dean, you have such a knack for imagery and for subtly concealing messages between the lines. Wonderfully done!

  3. That’s right- right here right now, I so FEEL it. Thank you for reminding me how important it is to mindfully live in the present. Perfectly communicated and love the analogy to nature for sure.

  4. Anya

    I find myself thinking, when I’m preoccupied with photography, that maybe I should put the camera down and let myself be in the moment. This poem expresses exactly why. :)

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