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Daras photo

Today I shall endeavour not to fix
a single problem more complex than, shall
I place the vase of peonies here, or
fall asleep while re-watching “Princess Bride”?

Today I shall ignore the mental tricks
of trending news that seek to scale my wall
of being well, content, in love. Scores
elsewhere will somehow sort their shame and pride.

Today I choose to dance, to paint and mix
with wanderers and poets. I’ll stand tall
before the mirror, knowing we have more
to reach and master than we’ve ever tried.

One day, a final word, I’ll breathe my last,
then ride the breeze that smiles upon our past.

© Elaine Stirling, 2014
Today, Oceantics is honoured to feature the extraordinary photography of Dara Hurt.