The arrows of warm, orange rays of sunlight
beam down through the windows,
deceiving her as she steps outside with no jacket.
Her slender, petite body shivers in the cold brisk air
feeling a surge of adrenaline rush through her veins
as she hurriedly climbs into her silver pontiac
turning the thermostat to high.
She takes a leisurely drive through the nearby countryside
perceiving the vast difference of the tree’s foliage
with bright colored leaves, each one a different hue.
She wonders to herself
why humans cannot go dormant
hibernating in the winter months
bursting forth in the spring
with a new zest for life
starting over like fresh buds on a twig.
Letting their bodies heal
while they spend the winter asleep,
waking up refreshed
ready to take each moment slow
remembering to stop and smell the roses,
no longer taking for granted
the efforts of others,
enjoying each precious moment
with someone who loves them,
no longer underestimating
the time they have left.
Image by jplenio