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Too Much 6



It's okay if it's too much,
I tell myself.
How could it not be?
All that, and just this?
I had set out to experience
all and to understand
as much as possible—
to know it and to love it—
how bitter to fall so short
in assimilating the sweet.
I, despite everything, am nearly
all that I ever could have been.
How could I not be?
What I was told was wrong.
What I told myself was wrong.
What I was was wrong,
and I had so little say in that.
But it's okay.
There was so much.
It's okay if it was too much,
the world tells me.
If only I can listen.

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