The pebble
may have been there
in my sneaker
before I started walking
on a chilly morning.


But it did not
make its presence known
until I was well along
the road I often take


I thought it might work its way
to a place less invasive

but it insisted on being known
and even seemed to grow larger
as I tried ignoring it.


I began to hope
that I could make it home
before tending to its extrication
from my sock.


There were no nearby benches —
nor even any nearby grass.


I was at last forced to yield
and I knelt on the road’s edge
to tend to this intruder.


I was so focused on the NOW
that Buddha would be proud of me.


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