Slow down and notice

the green spiral log

the caterpillar crawling at its own pace.

Slow down and notice

listen to the river

rippling over the stones.

Slow down and notice

the path is open again.

Slow down and notice

the gift of the feather

left as a reminder 

to pay attention.

Slow down and notice

the deer prints

they know where to go.

Slow down and notice,

LISTEN

FEEL the shalom you feel

in this quiet place.

Slow down and notice

the leaves floating 

down stream,

fish finding hiding places

beneath the log.

Slow down and notice

Reflections of bugs

reflections of leaves

and my shadow

upon the water.

Slow down and notice

a sense of peace

that comes over me,

stirs me

to my inner core

reminding me that if I

Slow down and notice

all that is sacred 

meets me in this place.

 – Tammy K. Barthels