Happy Birthday

Orange Day Lily

It’s no small thing, being born.
One moment, you’re but a burgeoning potential.
The next, you—a being unique in all of time—are here,
breathing in earth’s air, breathing out your song,
brave and bold in the face of endless possibilities
despite a quivering inside you that you will later name
excitement, or fear, depending on which stories
you adopt as you go along.  It doesn’t matter;
you can always make new choices.  That’s something
that you’ll learn.  What counts is that you’re here,
making your mark, changing everything,
being changed, enlarging the world
with your presence, being enlarged.
And so the universe sings and bids you

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