Spring 2019 Poetry Slam Submission

Today I Answered ‘Yes’ to Life

My friend died yesterday he invited me to meet but with my brisk decline fueled by petty resentment an...

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My friend died yesterday

he invited me to meet

but with my brisk decline

fueled by petty resentment

an unremembered slight

I answered ‘No’ to Life.

Shall I remain imprisoned within this ancient wound

inhabiting a brackish shadowland

the girl still seething

crouched amidst a thicket of unworthiness?

I know this landscape well

nothing fresh to find

the circular paths threadbare

habitual and chocking.

Unclenching my heart

I discover Life’s relentless entreaties

subtle messages whispered to my innermost being

by wren and wild rose

sycamore and tender newt

dew on the leaf

a baby’s smile

your lover’s sigh

the glint of recognition in a stranger’s eye.

This morning I felt the softest presence

of a buttercup

as I nearly passed her by.

Over here, she called, see me

brush your cheek on my open face

do it now, for my yellow brilliance is short-lived

and as we got nose-to-nose close

and sat quietly together

separateness alchemized

into kindred connection

her petals trembling

to the rhythm of my opening heart.

My friend died yesterday

but I am here Now

Alive

for a short while anyway

learning to embrace this precious fleeting gift

to honor him

and save myself

Today I answered ‘Yes’ to Life.

Bestfriend

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