"A New Day": A Poem for the Gift of Living

July 28, 2020Sheila Friedman Rubin

The light of day
Crept beneath my eyelids
And pushed sleep away.

Awake and aware
Ready to begin
A new adventure.

Stretching my limbs
Wriggling my toes
I ease out of bed.

Facing today
To live in the moment
With anticipation.

I breathe in and out
A gift.

Sheila Friedman Rubin, age 82, has been a member of Temple Shalom in Aberdeen, N.J., for more than 50 years; she is also a member of Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, FL. She is the author of the childen's book Waiting to be Picked.