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Praise Everything



Praise everything I didn't get that I didn't want.
Praise everything I didn't get that I didn't need.
Praise everything I didn't get that I didn't deserve.
I wanted a lot, needed less, and deserved less still.

Still, I am weighted down now with too much
of too much, and love tells me I cannot
set it down again, that I must carry it
in celebration until I stop and move no more.

If I can give nothing away,
then at least I can praise all the burdens I avoided,
never lifted.  Invoke names of no power
to cast spells of diminishment.

I gaze upon my barren garden
and see ghosts of all that might have grown.

All poems are written and copyrighted by Michael C. Rush.
None may be republished or repurposed without permission.