In these dark days
filled with uncertainty
and entrenched in fear,
I look for hidden gems,
things I may never have noticed
in my self-imposed haste of day-to-day existence.
Those small moments of beauty
that take your breath away
when you pause long enough to really see them,
as humble as a tiny flower or a kind word or deed.
I am desperate for beauty and its transformative powers
more so now than ever.
In the end, the real lesson will be
remembering to see the beauty
long after these barren days have passed,
when we settle into whatever our new normal will be
and the hustle and bustle of life returns.
I never again want to be blind to the gems that are scattered all around me,
sparkling with color in the light,
Just waiting to catch my eye and fill my heart.
In memory of Virginia Schmidt.