ACCEPTANCE

(a poem by Timothy J. Verret)

Did you know that right now, it is acceptance that you lack?

Acceptance of where you are, what you’re going through, that you need to cry

some of the time?

Did you know that right now, it is acceptance that you crave?

Acceptance of where you’re not, what you’re not doing, that you need to love

most of the time?

Look, there is something to be said for one who never gives up.

Never looks back nor front, never gives

in,

no,

stays true to one’s self.

“To Thine Own Self Be True.”

Do you know who

you

are?

When no one is looking, do you know who

you

are?

When I’m away from you, do you know who

you

are?

Please don’t ask me who you are, because I don’t know.

Please don’t ask me to hold you, because I just can’t.

Please don’t ask me to know or can’t you, because I

just

don’t

know

who

I

am.

If you got acceptance, you got it!

I can promise you (and myself) this much:

You’re not reading this by accidental acceptance.

You’re reading this by acceptable accident

and purpose.

You have something so rare and special, that someone is out to take you out!

What are you gonna do ab”out” that?

And it’s because you are so rare and special, that someone wants to take you out!

What are you gonna do ab”out” that?

Do like me

me who wants you to approve of me, to value me, to love me, to tell me how wonderful I am, to tell me you will never leave me, to hold me when I got no one else who will, to treasure me like you would gold and silver and money, to search for me when I am running away from you because you got too close, to call out the National Guard if need be because I got lost and what a cost, to light my cigarette for me, to stir my coffee, to go to work for me, to slash my wrists when I’m too tired to do it, to transport me via bus or car or boat or plane to where I need to go,

to, to, to, to, to, to, to, to, to….

ACCEPTANCE.

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