Expect nothing;
be surprised instead.

If the surprise fills your heart,
breathe it in;

embrace that
funny-feeling but familiar
sweetness (that you know,
but you didn’t know was arriving

this time).

Hold it loosely.

Warm it, like a small smooth stone found in cool sand, against
your bare skin.

Brush it off.
Marvel at it.

Share it with someone else who expected nothing….

© martha lee phelps