and here you are living
despite it all
- rupi kaur
a weak heart beating in spite of itself.
the sun rising in spite of itself.
suddenly there is gratefulness
in the way you paint your mouth
in the bathroom mirror.
suddenly music has grown
a new necessity
loud, louder, drown everything.
the hours present like
ocean waves in your chest
breathlessness to appreciation
of silver moon on silver water.
the irony lies in the excited chatter of
birds outside your bedroom window,
their days fuller than yours.
your second son kicks you awake
reminds you of the way your body moves
even when you can’t bear the thought of it.