Updated: Feb 17, 2021
There is a way to live
in this world as family, sister to everyone, mother to everything, daughter of all that is.
You can choose this or not. It’s up to you.
You’ve stuck to the strangers’ script for a long while, always opening with the preliminaries:
I am agreeable. I am obliging. I mean no harm. This isn’t necessary.
Look: a beloved has appeared before you, standing in the check-out line with their cart or sitting on the sidewalk with their cup.
No need to wait on a signal from them— you can be sure they’re kindred. So start where you want to be: with recognition, openness and love.
Will they meet you there?
But you’ve set a nourishing table.
They can choose to partake or not
and you can keep
making the choice to be related to everyone.
Photo by Annie Spratt