If you drive past

horses and don’t say horses 

you’re a psychopath. If you see an airplane

but don’t point it out. A rainbow, a cardinal, a butterfly.

If you don’t whisper-shout albino squirrel! Deer! Red fox!

If you hear a woodpecker and don’t shush everyone around you

into silence. If you find an unbroken sand dollar in a tide pool.

If you see a dorsal fin breaking the water. If you see the

moon  and don’t say oh my god look at the moon.

If you smell smoke and don’t search for

fire. If you feel yourself receding,

receding, and don’t tell

anyone until you’re




Maggie Smith