I Pay my Respects

As those dancers do

Sweep my fingers across the dirtied floor

Kiss these fingertips

Bless the top of my head

I pay my respects
Cherishing each step
Wear these scars humbly
flower from this pen
everything &
nothing
increasing to decrease
decreasing to increase
I am that corpse being remembered after
I am that overjoyed mother overlooking all faults
I am that overbearing father with overspilling love
I am that infant stumbling at life in awe
time
you’ve already put my mind at ease
let me celebrate and admire your grace
unfolding
enveloping
raining me with the gift of age
adding on the elegance of lines to my face
within the folds of these creases
I’ve grown inwardly & out
Infliction of sublime goodness
cheating affects of happiness
silver for purity that sprout from the wizening of my brain
to all
past
present
future
friends
lovers
people of this beautifully flawed race
I say thank you
Whether negative
Positive
However short
Long-lived
I salute you
for leaving an invaluable imprint
that I can hold onto to share with
this ever-hungry need to manifest
to remind
to reconnect
unto the imperfect truth
the stunning lines of Hope
Regrowth
Rebirth
that I wish to trace in the name of you

I pay my Respects

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