IMG_20140823_093753_282I stand in the heat
pulling my bow string taut
and for this moment,
as long as I can hold the pose,
I am present.

The target lies ahead,
my future waiting,
whether or not I send my arrow into the bulls eye
is irrelevant.

I can see the past in my last arrow,
still quivering from its quick flight
into a future I’m done with now.
Where it landed, in the mark or outside,
is also irrelevant. That’s past.

All I have now, all I ever have, is now.
This moment, between a stretched bow string
and a target, is vital.

This moment decides where my arrow flies –
I check my breathing, find my anchor point,
focus my mind into the arrow that lies straight and waiting
and when I have this moment perfect

I can release it,
letting my now fly into my future,
becoming one in the instant
this savored moment of mine
takes flight.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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