An Essential Reminder

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?

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(Posted in a different form last year, but figured reading it once a year wouldn’t hurt.)


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