Joy to the World

Sparkly joy
Sparkly joy

Absolute Joy

It's a thing.

It can creep up on me slowly,

almost invisibly

and yet it appears persistent

and steady in its purpose

like a heartbeat.

It can also come about in an instant; 

with the swing of my head, 

the shifting of my eyes, 

the intake of a breath,

the slowing down of my thoughts,

and the presence of my mind.

Sudden awareness

of life

of beauty

of possibility

of kindness

of connection

of laughter

of the natural world

as it breathes me

as it breathes all around me.

I take it in

This moment of awareness and presence and breath.

Absolute joy.

Lana Bastianutti