daily office


    My morning, so far, has been made up
    of coffee shop chatter and a pretty good
    ham and cheese croissant served with an
    complimentary portion of overhead disco
    (thank God for headphones and Patty Griffin)

    My afternoon will call me to the kitchen
    to assemble a fajita bar for fifty folks whom
    I will not see; I will cook and then clean up,
    much the same way, I suppose, as the
    one who made my sandwich this morning

    We take turns taking and offering, being
    the one who needs and the one who
    provides, most of the time (I think) not
    taking too much time to regard the
    transition, which is best greased by gratitude

    Let me do my part. I’m thankful, today,
    for ham and cheese, for a place to sit,
    for good coffee and good writers, for
    time, for city living, for Patty Griffin,
    and for the one who invented headphones.



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