New crescent moon over sea - Poems by Julie Lauton

Allies in the Moments

Body, be present
Taste each precious moment
Fall alive and awake

Body, be resilient
as you walk my path nights and days

Body, sense all the universe brings
Expand to receive every nuance and shade

Body, attend as minutes arise
Hear abounding sounds and echoes
See as new beauty and pain
Consume flavors of sweet and sour fare
and breathe in now’s aromas for me to savour

Body, assist as the seconds unfold
Ground me on earth as it is

Mind, gently cradle what body bears
Recognize, soften, approach … permit
Respond with patience, intent, dignity

Mind, be heedful
wise and alert all the while

Mind, be curious and allowing
Experience spaciousness during each instant

Mind, admit thoughts
as they emerge and recede
Yet, never resort to telling tales
nor betray me with judgment
projections, “shoulds” or regrets

And mind, employ skillful means
Practice compassion born from within

Body and mind, together grant me space
Trust, cherish, let be … release
With each fleeting moment, help me cultivate serenity
Ally aware and be grateful, complete
 

4 Haiku

with unfocused eyes
I daydream
distinct possibilities

running faster
than the wind
who triumphs

ruminating
the roads
more travelled

sea squalls
breath
my anchor
 

Sliver

sliver—
crescent glint
evening aspect, so serene
a buoyant young moon

sliver—
gleam of light
wrap your arms around it, wait
only hearts hold light

sliver—
moist and sweet
grasp gently with your fingers
or the orange slips
 

Environmental Awareness

ting.

nip.

chill.

slip.

sensation
appreciation

scrunch.

glint.

scorch.

squint.

recognition
contemplation

splash.

drench.

bathe.

quench.

realization
consideration

whoosh.

breeze.

wince.

freeze.

reception
reflection

attention.

experience.

connection.

impression.

pay heed
respond…
take shelter

Julie P. Lauton is a New Jersey/U.S.-based freelance copy and content writer and editor. A magna cum laude graduate of Lehigh University, there she earned a B.A. in Psychology. Her poems have been published in several print and online publications, including The Greenwich Village Literary Review and A Hundred Gourds. With each passing moment, Julie hopes to become ever more mindful.

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image: sunset on the sea via Shutterstock