Mindful at Seven by Taylor Winchell

Mindful at Seven by Taylor Winchell

Mindful at Seven

by Taylor Winchell


A mindful seven-year-old
(which is all seven-year-olds)
does not sit still and focus
on her breath; she instead

roams outside and follows
a trail of ants to nowhere,

climbs a hill of grass only to
roll her way back down,

or rakes a pile of leaves just to
fall forward and let the world

swallow her whole


Taylor Winchell was born and raised in San Diego, California. He received a BS from UC Berkeley and an MS from CU Boulder. He currently works as a water resources engineer, focusing on development planning in the Southeast Asia region. His poetry and writing has appeared in Nature Writing, KQED Public Radio, The Jetset Times, and The Boulder Weekly.