stop

how often do we stop
enjoying the little things 
that surround us each day?
the taste of the tea
the smell of wisteria blooming
the feel of the sun on shoulders
the sight of a tree wreathed in green
the sound of the birds welcoming spring
how often do we stop?

love

holding my breath
waiting for sanity to return
to an upended world.
payroll tax relief those 
who aren't working.
testing doesn't help those
who have no insurance.
when will we learn to 
love our neighbor as ourself?