Thursday, November 8, 2012

Not a Given

The love of a family
is not a given
and a big extended family
is not a given
and a circle of friends
is not a given.

Acceptance and understanding
from those who talk and listen–
I listen to others and notice,
these things are not a given.

And now I have a debt, a bank
of thanks not given.
Stacks of notes of thanks to send,
for tomorrow's not a given.

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