to strive

the year is killing people—

that’s what we’re saying.

 

it’s been a tough year, for

sure. some of us have felt the

 

killing of our spirits, of our efforts

and voice and purpose in this place.

 

but every year, people die.

every year, people kill

 

each other, themselves. and

every year, people rise up, with-

 

stand hardship, come back to

life and reach out a hand to each

 

other. this year is just another year;

another man-made construct in

 

time and space. it is what we make

it; it is what we choose to honor and

 

remember and take with us deep into

the next phase. this death is just another

 

death, which is just another door. let it

not be said that the year is killing people;

 

nor that people are killing years. let us stand—

tall and alive—as we take the floor, as we take

 

back our spirit, as we cherish the memories

of those who have passed, the touch of their

 

tragic-beautiful lives living on in us and through

us as we continue to live, to love, to strive.

 

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you are an occasion

you do not need

an occasion to

be celebrated.

you are an occasion:

an event, an unfolding,

a unique record of time

& space & words & cells &

growing & wonder & terror

all wrapped up in love

& beauty and spinning at

the speed of a miracle.

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more & less: 16 intentions for 2016

 

20151231_131703 Addendum: Work on handwriting and aligning columns? Nah…

Note: The blur on the left column was not intentional… but it fits. Focus is on the right.

Happy New Year to all! ❤