Friday Meditation in July

Breathe In.  It’s the Friday after Fourth of July.

You’ve been waiting for summer all year.  Breathe Out.

Friday and summer.  Say it again so the idea stays with you.

Friday and summer.  Breathe In.  Think about how summer can

be as perfect as anything.  So can Fridays.  Breathe Out.

It’s Elthea’s birthday today.  Joel’s birthday yesterday.

Excuses for ice cream and cake, even now.

Breathe In.  Every single day is someone’s birthday.

Breathe Out.  Every single day is someone’s Friday and someone’s summer.

Breathe In.  There were fireflies last night. Fireflies are more than amazing.

Breathe Out.  Bugs too.  A lot of bugs.  You used a politically incorrect

bug spray with Deet from CVS.  Breathe In.  You have a car full of coupons

from CVS.  Nuts and Ice Cream.  Breathe Out.  Two squirrels are

sitting with you now and a bird whose beak is bright red.  Breathe In.

You should look up the name of the bird in the big bird book on the porch

but you won’t.  Breathe Out.  The bird’s name doesn’t matter.  What matters

is the bird. Breathe In.  It’s still very early.  Maybe you’ll write a sentence or two.

Breathe Out.  If you don’t it’s still Friday and summer.

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. Esther, dear…
    I enjoy your poems EVERY DAY…
    Although I rarely take the time to say so.
    Yes, it’s the Friday after 4 of July…
    In the office today… even though I’m 72.
    I must still like working… maybe a “stable genius”.. God help me !!!
    Love your writing… all our best to you & Peter.

    1. Thanks so much for writing BOB. Kind and generous of you.

      I still work too (!!!) So does Peter. Some of us like working (!!!)

      Hope we see you guys one day xxxx

      1. Yes… Hopefully, one day we will see you guys again.
        That would be delightful.
        Until then… peace.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: