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Try to write when you are happy.
Ask yourself, How do you write
windshields with blues skies on
long car rides, window rolled down, wind in hands;
your bedroom ceiling at golden hour,
light from your window bent into a striped
rainbow of sea-green, yellow and coral;
your niece cackling, lobbing a blue balloon
to your sister, who holds baby Sawyer;
your white cat purring, folding into your side
a thousand times like an origami crane;
the trees bursting with red-pink and white blooms
that quickly appeared in the last few weeks.
(like the peace you have now)
you didn’t notice these things
til the car was parked,
the sun had set,
your niece and nephew had grown,
you had found yourself alone,
and the petals
had left the branches
piece by piece?
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