The thing I’ve found to be most true about the world is that the real fun is in who you are with as you travel through this life. That’s the added bonus. That’s the extra texture. That’s the reason for the photographs, the memories, the dances, the smiles, the laughter, the tears, the getting up and going to work, the sitting down and writing, the making of music, the painting of pictures, the sewing clothes, the making dinner, the watching a movie. We get to do it together. That’s the luckiest thing that ever happens to anyone in my opinion. It’s not the destination, it’s the journey. And you can either do this with your eyes wide open or your head stuck in the sand. Time will not stop turning you into another you. But why do I think this is beautiful? Because I think you are beautiful. I think we are all beautiful. Just like stars. Just like seashells. Just like trees. Just like flowers. That doesn’t mean some of us are not deadly. It doesn’t mean some of us are not tricky in our participation techniques. It only means that taken together we are a most interesting phenomenon in the universe with the potential to be just about anything and we are definitely a part of something larger than ourselves. We are amazing and diverse, clever and determined, creative and possible.
Look, as a poet I stand up for the individual as much as anyone can. I think we each have the right to be here, to express ourselves, to be accepted, to love and be loved for who we are, not what others want us to be. I get it. But the truth is we are inside a mystery. Just because we can name things or take things apart and define them to the best of our abilities doesn’t necessarily mean that we understand them at all. And I’m okay with that. It’s a giant universe in all directions, but we’re in it, we’re part of it and that’s the incredible truth to me. We each do what we can with our lives. My mission is to put words where they might do the best good, to sing a little something human into the cosmos, to tell a bit of truth without pretending to know the whole truth, to be honest, to be fair, and to care with compassion, not with fear.