Yesterday’s Joys

Today is full of yesterday’s joys.
Had I known how fleeting,
how momentary they would be
I would have held them closer
so that today
I would remember more clearly
the sound of your laughter,
the light in your eyes,
the timbre of your voice.
I would have written down each word,
Taken pictures of every smile.
I would have lingered over each touch,
let my fingers rest on your wrist
to feel the steady pulse
speaking of life.
I would have been more fully present for each moment
had I known they were the last we would spend;
had I known all I would be left with
was a heart empty of everything
but yesterday’s joys.

Lynda Allen is first and foremost a listener. All of her work whether it's writing, art, creating Animal Wisdom Journals or leading meditation begins with deep listening. Lynda listens to her own inner knowing and wisdom, the natural world and the still, small voice of the Divine in the silence. She listens. Then she creates. In all of her creations she strives to inspire others to open their hearts and embrace their journey, both the dark and the light, with gentleness, love and joy. Her new collection of poetry and essays "Grace Reflected" is now available. You can learn more about the many offerings of Lynda’s heart at her website.

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