I find myself in an ordinary city park sitting quietly.
I see the sun fragmented by branches of trees; shadows flat on grass.
I see birds rising together like a curtain opening. The falling of leaves. The sun’s light touching faces that pass right and left.
I see a young man stepping smartly down the path in front of me. His confident eyes are forward. The day has begun. There is much to win. The young man steps around a boy playing with a ball and turns to hurry over the grass in a short cut. He does not see his own shadow among the fallen leaves.
I see a man who has come to middle age. Wearing a striped suit, he plods forward down the straight path. This man has created success and created failure, and he suffers a slight limp due to trouble with one knee. His forward eyes are fixed like stones. He still has much to do, but is uncertain why.
I see an older man creeping painfully, inch by inch down the path. This man’s back is bent. It seems he has been crushed by the burden of many weights. I cannot see his eyes. His head is gray. He moves through the ordinary park with eyes down.
I see beautiful roses in a far corner.
I sit on a bench with my eyes unmoving and feel the soft caress of the sun.