I fell in love at the drive-thru window today
in a brief moment while tapping my card.
My eyes met with the attendant’s eyes in the window,
our smiles arose simultaneously, a perfect mirror,
and an apparent exchange of coffee for money
led to an acknowledgement of our shared being.
I cannot describe what I saw in those eyes
but can speak to what was not there:
no age or gender, no role or station,
no fear or judgement, no desire or aversion,
mind lit up by a powerful current…
like a light bulb being hit with a power surge
greater than its capacity can handle,
blowing up with an audible pop then falling silent.
It was not what remained that caused
the several minutes of beautiful silence,
driving and sipping, completely engaged,
but what that exchange revealed.
I have no desire to return or attempt to possess
what was not an experience to be recaptured
but rather I honor the glimpse
into the unreality of all things
and the timeless opportunity
to refocus from objects
to the reality that precedes and allows them…
a revelation of what is always present as myself
in all others, all things, all experiences.
Best. Coffee. Ever.