This Moment of Grace
by Lois Parker Edstrom

Alone on the street of a small town
I walk toward the light of a bakery

where young people work late
shaping Stollen for Christmas tables

and the full moon hangs its silence
in my heart. The crisp winter night

arranges thoughts scattered like stars
into sharp focus, a perfect moment

that will ripen to memory.
Who can say what makes it so.

Like an authentic image captured
when the subject is unaware,

I see my life without smudges,
blurs, or margins, and in that instant

I understand. I have always
felt well loved.

This Moment of Grace from Night Beyond Black, MoonPath Press, 2016.


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