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  • Writer's pictureVilma Ginzberg

Being Here Now

death might be closer and easier than we think

that last ever breath that will happen but once

what isn’t easy is the journey toward it

the creeping half-aliveness

stealing our vibrancy in inches

slowing down our can do’s

magnifying our can’ts

yet every new surprising morning I say:

use your breath while you have it

open the door to the world knocking

however soft or loudly

put on the lipstick and

say to someone in your life

I love you and am happy you are here

share and eat the last shard of chocolate

belly-laugh at something

preferably yourself

give a small gift to someone

make sure you have something clean

to wear tomorrow

© Vilma Ginzberg, 5-20-2021

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