A Moment in a Life, poetry by David L Painter at Spillwords.com
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A Moment In A Life

A Moment in a Life

written by: David L Painter


A stray thought ran across my mind today
begging that I follow its muddy tracks into
the deep dark recesses of my psyche
It held the promise of a treasure trove of words beyond
my wildest dreams.

Even so the thought started to evaporate as quickly as it came
and I with no means of capturing it
A lone scrape of paper came scurrying by
moving like some love sick crab
bits of paper and leaves do that, move on their own
pushed by some unseen hand.
picking it up as if it were a life preserver to a drowning man
I realized it was a receipt.
Date 4/18/18
2 eggs, coffee, toast
Total $4.95
Your server was Donna
Have A Nice Day.
I stood in astonishment staring at the crumpled piece of paper
I held a moment of their lives in my hand
folding it, then placing it in my pocket
their moment in time was now mine and their
thoughts were not lost to the cosmos.

David L Painter

David L Painter

David Painter is a Northeast Ohio poet and photographer. His aim is to capture his point of view on the world through nature, culture, architecture and history. Dave’s love for photography began in the 1970s with the purchase of his first Minolta SLR camera. Through his keen eye, Dave became a member of the Cleveland Photographic Society and the Chagrin Valley Photography Guild. For the last decade, Dave has added poetry to his creative repertoire. Expanding his interests to the human condition, fiction and history; his favorite era being the Civil War. Much of Dave’s poetry is inspired by his photography; the perfect marriage of his two passions. Dave is a member of many poetry groups including Allegory Alley, Scribbles Writing Organization, Poems and Unpoems, Writers Writing Poems and Out of Your Write Mind. Additionally, he is active in The Pixel Photography Club and the local historical society. Dave was born and raised in Charleston, W.V. but has made the Greater Cleveland area his home for the past fifty years. He is married with two kids.
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