I have taken you for granted.
I am surrounded by you everywhere, and have forgotten to notice
I have used you, haven’t I?
I have used you for complaints, sighs, and curses
For browsing, searching, hustling for meaning
While ignoring the refreshment you give to my one trillion cells
Without you, I can’t go on living (and that is not a metaphor)
Please don’t leave me
Give me another chance (or several) to show you the gratitude your deserve
Right now, I apologize.
I breathe in a breath full of you and promise to thank you more often
Atoms of Oxygen, will you accept my apology?
(Posted in a different form last year, but figured reading it once a year wouldn’t hurt.)