One More No

who taught that you should not say no so often?

I think they meant that yes was an option

rather than meaning no

and saying something else

It is not a kindness to avoid the word

honesty is better

one proper no will build more trust

than a thousand times not-quite-no

It is a hard lesson

one that i am still learning

there is a special place in my heart

for the ones brave enough

to tell me no

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Feed Your Children

in the moments that stretch

small kindness

huge laughter

tiny things

love features prominently

no person can remove it

legislate it away

compassion is correct

keep it close

spread it through outstretched fingers

look at the beauty

remember, good or ill

all things are temporary

appreciate love, even for the most miniscule of seconds

let go of frustration

remember

change comes from the ground up, not the top down

do not forget the wrongs

but do not let them fester

remember that you are the right thing

you can change the wrongs

back into love

Pep Talk

It is odd

the reflections sleep gives

our tiny alternate realities

that are so much more real

for just being our own

it is beautiful

the signs we give ourselves

through drowsy contemplations

tired feet and cookies for dinner days

after true work

it is terrifying

contemplating difficult things

on the edge of our dreams

deciding on the carrot

flailing down a path

take joy in the mistakes

do not fear skinned knees

show off the scars to your love

show yourself you mean it