“I Always Try To Look Up”

down in the dumps,
but the temple exhibit in a museum
with an ornate cathedral ceiling
that I almost missed, is uplifting–

unlike the unknowns
of relics, minds, and bones
that ask to steal our attention
away from the wisdom

of fellow spectators
whose sage words
are sometimes more relevant
than that

of a curator
or counselor,
in giving gentle advice such
as, “I always try to remember to look up.”

Samantha Terrell lives near Springfield, Missouri with her husband and two boys. She has had work published in DoveTales (by Writing for Peace, Colorado), the Ebola chapbook (by West Chester University, Pennsylvania), and others, as well as two poems pending publication by Knot Lit Magazine later this year. Read other articles by Samantha, or visit Samantha's website.