What Do You Want To Live For?

What do you want to live for?

 

You want to live for the light through the blinds.

You want to live for soft pillows and blankets,

Fuzzy pajamas or bare, supple skin.

 

You want to live for that first breath of air,

The opening of the eyes, the yawn, the stretch.

 

You want to live for that first cup of coffee,

That first bite of a good bagel

(Or whatever you eat or drink).

 

You want to live for sunny mornings,

The tempered beat of rain,

The feathered blanket of snow.

 

You want to live for unexpected smiles,

Greetings and laughter,

Tears and silence.

 

You want to live for parks and trees,

Benches and paths through the grass.

You want to live for lovers and children,

People who meditate and those who skateboard.

 

You want to live for evenings and noodles,

Sauces and spices scenting the market.

You want to live for the texture of an orange,

Or the pop of flavor of a grape.

 

You want to live for the dirt beneath your feet,

The diamonds in the pavement,

The grains of sand on the beach.

 

You want to live for your loved ones,

Their flesh, their sweat, their scent.

You want to live for yourself,

The lotion you put on your face and skin,

The soap, the toothpaste.

 

You want to live to feel alive,

The littlest things become the big things,

The tiniest joys bloom better than the most expensive flowers.

 

So, take a breath and say yes, I want to live.

 

©2018 Valerie Hathaway

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