Missing Presence Of Mind


The cleaner at the food court
came to retrieve an empty tray,
but with absent-mindedness.

She lifts a tray off the table,
without even looking,
and misses the one stacked just below.

She’ll have to return for other tray later,
though it needn’t be at all,
if she had more presence of mind before.

This is how we are reborn,
returning to Samsara in want,
because we  didn’t live the moments before mindfully.