It lasted what, maybe 15 seconds?
Those four times at the toll booths today.
In the scope of eternity
That’s not much
(If you’re counting time).
So not to make too much of it,
But the attendants’ calm, cool, professional collectedness
– and most of all the smile and the eye contact at the end –
And an unexpected stability crept in my car,
Sidled comfortably into my psyche.
Men and women fulfilling their role, in their place,
– temporary or not –
In those well done isolated moments
A centering solidarity
A happy empowering awareness
Folks working their shifts
Profoundly inspired me – in reminding me – to well-work my own.
Such a sturdy this-sphere’s-intact-and-life’s-going-forward posture
Set me better on my way.
Thanks for your part in paying it forward,
Whoever you are.