Five Minutes from a Hectic Schedule

Five Minutes in Spring


Five minutes on a park bench

To catch sight of birds other than doves,


A walk along a tree-lined street

Instead of screen-staring upon a bus,


A pause between passing engines to

Actually hear the blackbird,


Lingering by a flowing fountain

To listen to the lovely gurgle,


A long gaze upon a hillside

Growing shades of green for grazing,


A halt, a hesitation, to inhale the

Heady horse chestnut scents;


Five minutes in spring, just five,

To remind us this here is life.



It’s been a busy few weeks here in Pamplona.

I’ve my children’s book, Peter and the Little People out today!  You can get it here...

As well as that, I’ve a novella under the name JD Martins, One Night in Boston, out tomorrow!     You can get that here…

What with promoting these and my other books, and preparing a blogtour for One Night in Boston, as well as normal life stuff like end of school year, taking care of the kids and having a baptism, I’ve not had time to do much reading or writing, or getting a chunk of time to get out in the mountains.

But it’s vital to take just a few minutes as spring spins past to appreciate why we’re here, to pause to see just how fast life is flying by. Then get back to the kids and exam correcting, and the edits of the book you swore would be done by Christmas…








About davidjmobrien

Writer, ecologist and teacher

Posted on May 24, 2016, in Ecology, Novels, poetry, Uncategorized, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Despite everything we get to live 5 minutes a day….. 🙂

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