Mandatory Recess: Whole

Leave on a good note

By Christina Shepherd McGuire

The snowflake in your hand
Reminds me to pay attention.

Your upcycled, linen-wrapped gift
Suggests my need to create.

The shortened days with more to do
Test my ability to surrender.

The button that fell off,
The unfinished conversation,
And the milk that spilled on the floor
Prove each magnificent moment
Is part of the bigger whole.