Various and Sundry Poetry

the summons

Show up. Be messy. Take care. Face forward. Admit what you don't know. Admit what you do. Wash behind your ears. Paint your toes on the back porch. Roast marshmallows. Talk to yourself on the long drive. Sip slowly. Stand up. Move your legs. Breathe deeply. Discover a wrong turn. Turn around. Lift your chin. Accept help. Say thank you. Stay warm. Keep your grip light but firm. Fall. Get up. Again and again and again.