Blessed Oblivion

travel journal
back to Covent Garden
street performer strums and sings
Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”
nine-year-old boy ten feet away
chubby Down Syndrome dancer
dances like no one’s watching
gray t-shirt, denim shorts, red Velcro sneakers, horn-rimmed glasses, blonde hair
jumps, spins, and sways,
immersed in the music
stealing the show
arms raised, face skewed skyward
oblivious to all else
with the moment
loving life as so few do

– Kim Johnson

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