Stumbling Upon Joy

Surprises found and surprises left

Breanna Lowman
Aug 4, 2020 · 2 min read
Photo by Breanna Lowman

Walking the woods
in my children’s footsteps
exploring the trails
beneath branches
hanging with secrets.

I wasn’t looking for joy
as I walked along the path
but joy soon found me
through an unexpected surprise
waiting to be realized.

Photo by Breanna Lowman

We came upon a fallen tree
and laughed at the oddity
of seashells placed along a line
treasures bedazzling the pine.

Added beauty to the woods
wonder like that of childhood
joy arising from thin air
because it’s all around, it is not rare.

Picking up pine cones, I begin
as an idea brews from within
we gather quite a bundle
and head home in a shuffle.

Photos by Breanna Lowman (daughter and son)

We get to work
with splatters of fun
painting a dozen pine cones
until we are laughing and undone.

Dry and ready
we set off the next day
to add our own surprises
to the woodland display.

Hoping someone will see
our creations and smile
like we did when we first
encountered the seashell aisle.

Photo by Breanna Lowman

Added beauty
Added surprise
Joy for the finding
Let the fun rise

Adding beauty to the woods
Adding mystery to the walk
Surprises waiting to be found
Joy is never out of stock.

Photo by Breanna Lowman

© Breanna Lowman 2020

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Poet, writer, creative enthusiast. Wife and mother of two. Lover of different cultures and perspectives. Passionate about authenticity and bridge building.

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