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Invitation

 

 

 

When my shoulders feel too slight

to carry injustice and my arms

reach too short to hold the world

 

and my bones are too weak

to carry even a single aching heart,

I walk amongst the aspen and the spruce

 

and notice how the light shines through

the changing leaves—such radiance,

such golden shine—and slowly

 

the rational part of me that believes

in doom is forced to fade.

It’s not so simple, of course,

 

as walking out into the forest.

But there is something there

that grows the soul and breeds

 

a sense of possibility and tells

the aching heart to rise up, rise up

and do the work that must be done,

 

rise up and carry with it the light.

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Framed

 

 

 

Here is the future,

a line to be crossed.

 

Someone has tied it

into a noose

with a loop wide enough

it will fit over all of our heads.

 

Sometimes at night

do you feel its heat

against your neck,

a burning you can’t explain?

 

Tell yourself the only

difference between a noose

and a lifeline is the way

you tie the knot.

 

Here, here are your hands,

persistent and willing,

able to loosen, refashion,

forgive. And here is tomorrow,

 

a line with your name

written on it.

 

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I so wanted
for you to be
the one to bring
me love and
happiness, but
the world
could hardly
conceal its sparkle
when it slapped
my own hand
on my heart
and said tag,
you’re it.

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for years
thinking you were my jailer
these unyielding bars
today finding the key
in my own pocket

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