Everything I am
and everything I will become
is already within me.
All the tools I’ll need to cultivate internal growth
are hip-holstered, at my disposal.

I find comfort in that
there is nothing new that will become of me
but the fate that was decided
the day I was born.

Like an abandoned backyard set,
I thanked everyone who entered my life
for all they taught me
as I looked at that empty swing
nostalgic and grateful
for the way they’d leave.

“Everyone you meet has a story to tell you,”
forces us to take those coming and going
as gifts
of shaping us;
that they can’t resist leaving because
that’s what they were meant to do.

The lesson of leaving is not in the longing
clinging to the memory of a back, receding.
The lesson is in dusting off your jeans
and reaching to your hip
to find out what to do next.


Thanks to skycielo for the prompt “empty swing set”! If I use a prompt you’ve left for me, I’ll give you a shoutout!

32 thoughts on “41

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  3. admjanse

    This is so beautiful and, funny enough, it is exactly what I needed to read today. Woke up with this same feeling and idea in my head and your poem just voiced it all. Thank you for it. Lots of love.

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    1. Aw thank you!! I met a 94 year old yogi who brought me through a breathing exercise and told me along the lines of “don’t fret about the little things, for they will pass. everything you will ever need to get through the turmoils of life are already within you, it’s just about reaching in and pulling it out when you need it.” and i’ve been thinking of it all week. So thank you for connecting with this!

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  4. So beautiful and true – the people we meet are not always meant to stay in our lives forever. But they are meant to shape us and define us as a person, to help up reach our full potential and growth. Beautifully written friend!

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    1. Something we all forget, when we try to keep those who want to leave–really becomes that description, “says more about them than it does to me.” Thank you!


  5. shoniessky

    I have been on a short slumber but am back and happy to see that you are doing great and still writing so beautifully!! I think you have made great points that it’s hard to have to admit it’s true no matter how we may feel about others. very beautiful!!

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  6. Enjoyed this one (among others), I like the consistency of the tools idea and especially this passage “I find comfort in that
    there is nothing new that will become of me
    but the fate that was decided
    the day I was born.”
    I like the weight that it carries but also that it can apply to the prompt. ✍🏾👍🏾

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