12 happy minutes

Little Women

“I consider a walk around the block the same as a journey to India.” ~ Maira Kalman

“When I walk, I have an empty, happy brain and I see things.” ~ Maira Kalman

Sometimes other people
write and say
things
so true
about my life,
I wonder
how they knew.

This is my walk home
from school.

These are
consistently
the 12 happiest minutes
of my day.

This is the Japan
I know
and love
best.

This is my voyage
to India.

Today, these girls
walked ahead of me.
They looked like
modern-day
Little Women,
one with a purse
draped across her body
the same way
I wear mine.
Old souls
in small bodies,
they left their umbrellas
closed,
preferring
(it seemed)
to feel
the beautiful rain
on their faces.
When they reached
the clearing
above the steps
to Motomachi Street,
they conferred
about the best route.
A smile snuck out
and crossed the face of one
then they were racing for the stairs,
bouncing as they connected
with each
slippery
step.
Laughing
they rounded the corner
and slipped
out of sight.

This is my voyage
to India
every day.

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