If you had stopped for a little while

If you had stopped for a little while

Len Kamei


If you had stopped for a little while,
you would have seen the petals of the rose unfold,
and the world’s reflection on the morning dew.


If you had glanced to your right,
you would have seen the songbird serenading to you,
and the trees swaying to the tune.


If you had not strode down the hill, but sauntered,
you would have felt the cool breeze blowing eastward,
and heard the sound of the gentle brook winding along its path.


If only you had lent your time,
you would never have missed out
on all the beauties of life and the world around.


But you never did.

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