the first, the wildest, the wisest

there is no promise of growing old,
whether it’s alone
or with you.

there are things around the bend,
unexpected outcomes,
tragedies,
a lifetime of unknowns that will write
the end of our stories.

and on this sunny, blue-skied morning
this may read as cloudy thinking;
a gloomy way to begin a day.

but
in the wake of one more sudden ending,
i find myself needing to remember what is true.

there is only promise of right now.
this
very
moment.
this morning.
that bird singing.
this breath.

if i forget this
then i flounder.

but when i remember,
i pause,
and i listen,
and i breathe deeper;
i say thank you
and i love you
and i work harder to be here
right now
in this
very
moment.

because it’s what i know for sure.
and i’m grateful for it.
and bless, aren’t they all over too soon?

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