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Thursday, August 7, 2014

You Are Alive

The earth has a poem for you

Close your eyes,
 hold out your hands
and accept it...

Do you feel the wind?
The falling rain?
The winter snow
Numbing a black and blue sky?
The sun growing tomorrows?
The moon putting them to bed?

A hand
 you turn
To touch the palm--
Tracing the lifeline,
 your fingertip knows the way.
The echoes of those
We cannot keep
Though we hold tightly anyway.

Close your eyes
Do you feel the rhythm
Fall and rise?

You are alive.
You are alive.

Take that title
And run with it.
Make love to it.
Bring it to the lake.
Put it beside your pillow
So you can kiss it when you wake.

You are alive.

Take your poem
out on the town.

Show it off to a friend;
Get them to laugh
And spit their drink
 all over the page

Bring it to the park
And get its shoes dirty.
Push it on the swing.
Slide it down the slide.
Spin it dizzy on the merry-go-round.

Drive it home.
Open doors for it.

Keep it always,
For safe keeping--
Just don't keep it in the safe.

You don't have to memorize every line.
It's probably best not to...

But the title
You may want to keep
At the front of your mind.

A whisper in the library
a shout through the rustling trees

You are alive.


  1. This poem will cause a total stranger to fall in love with you.
    This poem will cause those who already know and love to say,
    "There she goes again..."

    Seriously, it is so nice to see you so upbeat and expressing it so well.

    1. This is a rollercoaster of a month, but I'm doing my best to hang on. Sometimes writing is a way of gently rocking myself into the calm.
      Thank you for being so supportive, Myke

  2. I a I am alive! The poem...I'm going to hold it close, share it and most of all, thank you for reminding me with your perfectly chosen words that I AM alive and my life is pretty darned good. Cherishing that and you. ❤️

    1. Life can get crazy and I think we all get caught up in the crazy from time to time. It's always a refreshing reminder that we are alive and can stop to take a deep breath, even if for just a moment.

  3. Great poem. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Eloquent and beautiful indeed. Great to read your work once more. It's been such a long time.

    1. It has been too long, but I'm happy to see you again, Barbara!

  5. Don't know if I've ever shared a poem, before now. Really love, and agree with, Michael Todd's comment. This was a delight, to find at 12:50 am-sweet positive energy, that will surely help me to wake with a smile!

    1. I'm so glad the positive vibe comes through so well. It's always wonderful to be the reason for a smile! Thank you!

  6. Amazing. So, so beautiful.

  7. very beautiful.

    A figure "desired" .....this is the reflex of our state of mind. personal opinion.

  8. I absolutely adore this...beautiful and thought provoking!!


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