A leaf separates from a twig on a tree
tumbling for seven seconds
on a journey to the ground.
For seven seconds a pedestrian
crosses a busy intersection
before a swarm of traffic invades.
A mother sparrow satisfies hunger
as she drops insects for seconds
into the gaping beaks of her young.
A concert master stands, baton poised,
head raised for large seconds
before sweet sound spreads.
A pause stretches for seven seconds
before a first kiss
felt as far as the soles of eager feet.
With the fragrance of eucalyptus
passing through my window
seconds stroll lightly by
as a leaf quietly comes to rest.
First published in Tiny Seed Literary Journal November 1, 2019