this shining moment in the now — David Budbill
We call the year “new” but
the ancient sun pulls the earth
along the same old course.
The pattern repeats. The cosmic forces
unleashed in the Big Bang
will continue after humans
are no more, without acknowledgment
that we have left, or had ever been.
Children know the water is freezing,
yet they splash right in the winter ocean,
joyful abandonment to this shining moment
in the now, though it is fleeting.
Let us follow into the deep;
only the present is ours to keep.
Andrew Taylor-Troutman is the author of five books, including Gently Between the Words: Essays and Poems. He is enrolled in the doctor of ministry in creative writing & public theology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and the pastor of Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.