Mindful At Seven

26 October
A mindful seven-year-old
(which is all seven-year-olds)

does not sit still and focus
on her breath; she instead
roams outside and follows
a trail of ants to nowhere,
climbs a hill of grass only to
roll her way back down,
or rakes a pile of leaves just to
fall forward and let the world
swallow her whole
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Taylor Winchell was born and raised in San Diego, California. He received a BS from UC Berkeley and an MS from CU Boulder. He currently works as a water resources engineer, focusing on development planning in the Southeast Asia region. His poetry and writing has appeared in Nature Writing, KQED Public Radio, The Jetset Times, and The Boulder Weekly.
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