As I go through my days, I’ve been experimenting with widening my scope of awareness and narrowing it. A wide scope of awareness includes the entire day or landscape, the general feeling or mood of it, such as heat or a feeling of ease. A narrow scope of awareness involves a close-up view, such as a single strand of cat fur or freckle on a leaf.
Capturing small stone moments is like taking a photograph, although writers are not limited to sight. They can include sounds, smells, flavors, sensations, and emotions or thoughts in their observations.
the journal that should have contained today’s entry
makes a soft thud when it drops empty.
freckled, heart-shaped leaves fall open―
the whole day blossoms out of this light.
he carries two jumbo bags filled with tinkling things.
another one mumbles; again and again, he tugs his overgrown mustache.
gratitude uncurls from her sleeping place
and the scene appears as it is–
incandescent and fully alive
and its high-pitched bell
the way my mother lies and says
she doesn’t want what’s left of the vegetables,
i push the bowl towards her and say
neither do i