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This Gift
J. T. Milford


 On an early Monday morning,
 a windblown spring sun
 sparkles my neighbor's
 wild cherry blooms silver gold
Awed by the unexpected light,
I pause—
Moments later the tree and the sun,
change positions causing the view
to disappear forever
from my time and space
How fortunate for me to be given,
this gift of transient beauty
A brief flowering of elegance
beyond my ordinary life

© by J.T. Milford.
Used with the author's permission


J. T. Milford began writing poetry before he retired as a CPA from public accounting twenty-five years ago. A resident of Lake Charles, Louisiana, he enjoys reading, writing, music, golf, coffee with friends, traveling to the mountains, and spending time on the beach. J. T.'s first book, Evocation (Bookbaby, 2020) features poems about light, music, nature, and "things often hidden." Learn more about him at

Post New Comment:
So personal and yet so universal - a moment wonderfully captured
Posted 04/09/2021 04:09 AM
What a lovely moment, beautifully expressed! Thank you for sharing it with us!
Posted 04/07/2021 07:28 PM
Wilda Morris:
Yes, it is important to catch those transient moments of beauty and appreciate them. Thank you for the reminder.
Posted 04/05/2021 09:18 PM
Lori Levy:
Beautifully expressed.
Posted 04/05/2021 04:18 PM
So beautiful. Gratitude is such a gift.
Posted 04/05/2021 02:45 PM
Hello JT, One of my favorite poems from your book which I recommendit is full of gifts like the transient beauty of this poem. JT takes the time to notice and to stay in the moment. Beautiful!
Posted 04/05/2021 02:42 PM
Beautiful. I, too, love those fleeting moments that seem only for us!
Posted 04/05/2021 10:01 AM
Larry Schug:
Every moment is full with such glimpses of "transient beauty", including in ourselves and all other beings if only we could, would or choose to perceive them. These insights are gifts,indeed. Talk about saying so much with few words, this gem of a poem does that to the utmost, written by someone who knows how to live this precious life.
Posted 04/05/2021 09:29 AM
michael escoubas:
Congratulations, J.T. on this well-crafted "mindfulness" poem. One of the gifts we poets have to offer.
Posted 04/05/2021 09:16 AM
How nice to see someone taking time to observe beauty and then gift it to us all. Thanks, JT. I enjoyed my gift.
Posted 04/05/2021 09:06 AM
Darrell Arnold:
You, Sir, have written a poem about one of the little gifts from God we all get every now and then. An unexpected encounter with an animal, a passage of cranes overhead, a coyote who jogged along with me for about a mile on one of my morning runs, and many such fleeting moments of light and subject, and position that just happen for a brief time. As a photographer, I always try to be prepared, in case such a sight presents itself. Often, I just have to enjoy it, and let it pass on by. I have acknowledged those gifts, in prayer, many times. You have mentioned it in a poem. I've never done that, but you have inspired me to do so.
Posted 04/05/2021 08:52 AM
"Transient beauty" gives one thought.
Posted 04/05/2021 08:51 AM

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