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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

You Deserve

You deserve
To be around people
Who cheer you on
Who support your independent decisions
Who value your contributions
Who trust your wisdom
Who are not silent
During your successes
Or your sorrows

Who are
First in line 
To congratulate
Or console
Who invest in you
With time, help, and kindness
In a ratio
At least close
To what you
Invest back
So if you find yourself
Around those
Who are aloof to your presence
Show little interest in your life
Stay silent when they could support

Move along
These are not your people
But your people do exist
And they are waiting
Just down the road
With open arms
For your arrival

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Fresh Air On My Face

I need
Fresh air on my face

Breathing room in my life

A way to step aside
And get a sense
Of where I am

Of what life is asking of me

And what
I am asking
Of myself

If It Happens Here

If it happens here
And I find myself
In an unthinkable circumstance
Survival unlikely
Unable to escape

My plan is very clear

I will look around me

I will lay down beside
Those who are not able
To move

I will make sure
That no one within my reach
Dies alone

Make sure the last thing they feel
Is an arm around them
Words of peace in their ears
Sure you can take my sense of safety

You can take my hopes for peace

You can take even my life

But you cannot take
My humanity

And if you leave in me
Any life at all

I’m going to give
The very last of it away

As a reminder
Of what most people
Are made of

Sunday, January 28, 2018

It’s The Little Choices

It’s the little choices
And small decisions
Made quietly
Over time
That change the world

It’s the time taken
To form thoughtful opinions
Paired with the flexibility
To change those opinions
That keeps us
In forward motion

It’s the discipline
Of tedious practice
Mundane and colorless
Done alone
With precision
That make it so
That critical shot
At the free throw line
Looks effortless
As it goes in

It’s the efforts unseen
That show themselves
Through us
To the world

Monday, December 25, 2017

What We Know Our Hearts Need

We live
The tension
Of what we know
Our hearts
And what
The world
Has available

Knowing well that
What is available
Doesn’t change
What is needed

We live
This tension
Each and every day

And somehow we
Make do

Saturday, December 9, 2017


Kept warm
Kept safe
Kept loved
Kept together

Not every need
Perfectly met

But enough needs met
To keep me whole

Enough needs met
To keep me

Monday, November 27, 2017

Spread Good Widely

In the middle
Of this
Sometimes threatening
And always unpredictable

Though control
Over what comes next
Is not ours
To have
Though life may end
Too early

And unexpectedly
And in ways
More painful
Than can be
May we continue
To spread good
For no reason other
Than that
This world
So badly
Needs it

Thursday, November 23, 2017


Our identity starts
With the families
We are born into
They are the first
To tell us
Who we are
And what we are good at

Show us our place
As they see it
In our family
In our world
Our identity
Is further shaped
By our friends

And it’s good to have so much shaping us

It’s good to have a mirror

It’s good to have who we are
Reflected back to us
So we know
What to change
What to keep

But lately
I’ve been wondering

At what point
We stop
Inviting others
To tell us who we are

At what point do we say
Thank you for the input
It has served me well
But I now have
Within me
A sense
Of who I am

And I
Will take it
From here

Water the Plants

I don’t want a life
So filled with distraction

That I forget
To water
The plants

Forget to nourish
Another life
Because I’m so busy 
Rushing mine

I want to relish
Watering the plants
Cooking complicated recipes slowly
Reading for hours with a dog by my side

I want
A life
That reminds me
To live
A life that sends
Wake up calls
In the form of
And dogs
A life that thrives
With thoughtful attention

To all the small
That make 
Our time here