poeming on leap day 2016

a walk through leap year


I wore new shoes. I went in a new route.

I walked mindfully. I noticed my thoughts.

I soaked in the sun. I basked in the warmth.

I thought about spring, about practice, about life.


I wore new shoes. I got a hot spot on my heel.

I walked mindfully around my own neighborhood.

I watched my feet, I watched the ground, I watched the sky.

I basked in the sun as dozens of cars drove by.


I wore new shoes I paid for two years ago.

I saw two other walkers who did not nod or smile.

I smiled at the sun, the sky, the ground, my shoes.

I smiled at the end of the month of February.