Embraced By Life

After dinner, I try to digest
kale and cauliflower in my longing
to live longer, and a root-beer float
in case my world ends tomorrow.


I play the gamble game with exercise
and diet, reminded daily by obituaries
featuring people younger than me:
the impossible becoming likely.


I want to go out full, embraced by my life,
the grand quilt of being here. Yet memories
are remnants, and come one patch at a time.
And like moments, most fade unnoticed.


After a storm, I take a walk.
At the jasmine vine by my front door,
a raindrop, suspended on a stem, stops me.
What I want, what I can have, merge.

~Jeanie Greensfelder “What I Want and What I Can Have”  from I Got What I Came For

My life looks like a quilt of patches and patterns, sometimes with no discernible plan or design, sometimes with distinct colors and borders and purpose.

I easily get lost in a maze of moments and memories searching for what I want, missing the point of embracing all the senses I have, so generously given to me at the Beginning.

Seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching: each is still available to me. What I have – miraculously – can become what I want.

May it always be so.

2 thoughts on “Embraced By Life

  1. One of the things being home more has produced is a noticing and enjoying of artwork, like making our bed and seeing the kingsize trip around the world quilted bedspread. The cats have a ritualistic game. When I turn the pillow section open and move my fingers underneath, they dive under to get the “mouse”. We all have fun tripping.

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  2. some of the most interesting quilt patterns i’ve ever seen! thank you, always, for your pictures and WORDS. they both give grace and understanding to my life.

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