Ed Krizek

DOING NOTHING
Lying poolsidein half a trancelife surrounds me---whoops, yells, and laughterof children playing in the water.
There is life in emptiness.
While reading a teachingwhich reminds me to remember deathwith every inhale and exhalea small child cavortsand cannon balls into the waterwith immeasurable exhilaration.
Immerse yourself in life.
One wall of the poolhas an insipid muralof a seascape painted on it---sand, birds, breaking waves, a beach ball.In my trance I thinkHow beautiful!
Death’s companionshipelevates meheightens my awareness.I do nothingsavoring the experiencelike the last mouthfulof a fine meal.

Ed Krizek was born in New York City and now runs a sales and marketing business in Swarthmore, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. He holds a BA and MS from University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA and MPH from Columbia University. He is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County, has published over fifty-five articles, poems and short stories in various publications, and won prizes in several poetry and short story competitions. You can see more of his work at www.edkrizekwriting.com.