The speck of dust

not wiped clean,

the typo that was overlooked,

the crease that wasn’t straightened,

cues given by a wink, or

the nod of a head that

went unnoticed,

the body talk one failed

to pay heed to, or

the music one was deaf to,

the books that remained


the care one did not


to the persons one lives with,

or towards the objects, plants,

and animals around:

take note, if one is

where one is,

it is only because

of the attention one paid

or did not invest

in everything

that happened so far.



p5 (c) pradeep gopalan


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