Ignore the deteriorating institutions
leaving crumbs in your breakfast.
Clear the tendrils of capitalism
from your throat, your mind,
your body, your gaze.
Make peace with the many greeds
in which you are complicit.
Lower your inner drawbridge
so that others may experience
your vast, shining heart.
Pay no mind to the judgments
you level against yourself
when you are tired or lonely or hurting.
Hum softly when you happen upon
a puppy or a flower
or even an adult!
who hasn’t given up living
Revel in the aliveness
you find hidden
You can also listen in as I read this to you!