I believe in...
Toke, toke, pass; drunk texting; friendship
strengthened by silliness; making crazy memories;
sex as natural; sex as good
(not everybody does, but everybody should);
spooning; kissing despite hot morning breath;
loving yourself first (last and always).
Freedom of choice; extending helping hands;
keeping America beautiful; loyalty to friends;
choosing your family; oversharing on Facebook;
handwriting notes to post right here;
smiling at a computer screen; holding
hands virtually until someday finally arrives.
Keeping America beautiful; closing the lid
before you flush; all light switches
facing the same direction; sleeping in;
doing what works; catharsis of crying
and a really good belly laugh.
Children seen and heard and believed;
a woman's voice is her power;
raising men to respect and admire
the amazing women in their lives.
But most importantly, I believe in
the power of wonder and curiosity;
in asking all the hard questions;
and looking deeper than the surface
to find glimmering kernels of truth
buried deep in sludge and sediment.
I believe because I have to.
I believe because not to means
losing such precious pieces of myself.
How about you?