give it up

give it up
note to self

give it up—the
hankering that
claws your gut and
tugs your heart

I was taught
how life unfolds
is not enough—
was pushed to strive
for more—were you?

most of us were
trained to crave—
fancy new boots
a handsome suitor
or swanky school
city life or exotic locale
something! more!

give it up—not the
imagined gains, only
your hungry ghosts
—instead, notice the
steal of light, how it
shivers through trees
the miracle that water
rains from above, your
kindhearted friends
—all freely given

work for change
of course—encourage
discourse and peace
invite healing everywhere
yet welcome how it is
whatever it is because
here it is

2022 ©Amrita Skye Blaine
I’m writing a poem a day. These are drafts—they may never turn into anything more or they might flower.

4 thoughts on “give it up

  1. Sylvia Tepper

    Those last 3 lines really hit home for me ­ Welcome how it is, because whatever it is, here it is! Thank you. XO Sylvia


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