Half Sweet

I want to know your antidotes for bitterness
what you hang on the walls of your soul
to help soften all those hard edges
you know the ones
the ones that lol because you thought
after rounding the corner to thirty five
all would be well and fine
and you’d have all you ever wanted
but you don’t
(you have more than all you ever wanted)

I want to know your antidotes for bitterness
how many spoonfuls of something sweet
go into your morning drink
how many shots of something stronger
what you do to take the edge off
your go-to’s:
spirituality, live music, a sunset everyday, something else
I want to know your path to acceptance
what tools you used to climb the hill from thirty to forty five
with such grace and that easy smile
what you did with the pieces that fell out
the bottom of the whole thing
where you air it out, and with who
and what you’re all about
I want to know how you celebrate your little wins
what it looks like when you go big
I want to know your antidotes for bitterness

I want to know how you reimagined the American Dream
and made your own happy ending
stitched together with hand-me-down furniture
and a nice, slow life you can somehow still barely afford
perhaps some flowers, or whatever, planted somewhere
I want to know how you maintained
after having bought everything they sold you
and still coming up half empty
I want to know your antidotes for bitterness

I want to know how you find shimmers of gratitude
every morning in the bubbles in your kitchen sink
what treats you keep in your pocket
sweet one
what you carry through your day
that makes you so unafraid
and keeps you so postively humble and loving
I want to know how the wind and sea
have both softened you and made you stronger
how the sunrise still feels like a promise
I want to know your antidotes for bitterness






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