a moment of brilliance

 photo paris_zps402b2b52.jpgcredit: Trey Ratcliff

Life had been unexpectedly more hectic than usual for Henry recently.  Troubles at home and at work had kept him on edge far more than he was used to.  He found himself irritable, frustrated, and tired for the first time in years.  The days were snap shot blurs where he bounced between going through the motions and scrambling to stay solvent.  Things were moving too fast and too slow at the same time.  The nights were worse, as he spent the dark hours awake churning over the missteps of the current day and the demands of those that followed.

So, when he found himself wandering near the Eiffel Tower on his walk home from work and happened upon a pocket garden he had never seen before, Henry was stunned to find himself stopping, admiring, breathing in the moment and forgetting about his cares and concerns.  He was even more surprised when he took off his loafers to let his feet taste the grass.  They enjoyed the experience so much they convinced the rest of him to lay on the grass too.

Above the tower rose towards the clouds.  The sun pierced through the lazy drifting puffs of white and poured into the garden.  The vibrant purples and reds of the flowers at his feet, Earth’s beautiful artistic creations, stood out clearly against the backdrop of Eiffel’s beautiful artistic creation.  Though man and nature seldom work well together, the scene for Henry that afternoon was perfect.  It was bliss.  It was the moment of relaxation and recuperation he needed.

As the sun slid behind the foliage at the edge of the garden, Henry rose and replaced his shoes and then continued on his journey towards home.  His struggles were not over, but the moment he had taken for himself, to enjoy the beauty of the world, was enough to carry him forward with renewed purpose.  He had the knowledge that there was more to life than turmoil and strife.  He had the understanding that even in the darkest times there could be moments of joy if he would take the time to pick his head up and look for them.

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Written in response to this week’s Picture Writing Prompt provided by moi.

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