LIFE CHOICES


LIFE CHOICES


Life
Made a home
In a handful of dust
Set in resistant ground
  
Would the dry land
Withhold consent 
A host rejecting
This foreign body?

The teenage fiancée
Between fear and trust 
Said, Let it be
Knowing parched shoots
Were in need
Of the Life she would carry 
Beyond borders

So Life learned to walk 
In the valley 
where 
New beginnings so often
Turn to old ends 
And the genius for good 
Gets it wrong, again

Where
Amnesiac cycles
Reheat history 
In shiny new bowls 
And fresh taste 
Dries on the tongue while
Hope is stubbed out underfoot

Life came to 
The crossroads where
Pain and joy meet
Poured itself out
Disrupting the soil 
Melting cold with renewal
While the earth spun 

Life perseveres
Breaks through the surface
Coaxes growth towards daylight
In the midst of the tension
Of beauty and horror
Rebirth and decay

Calls as we pause
Between fear and trust
Exclusion and welcome
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