because

i have an abiding compulsion to live
because sixteen years ago i did not think i would still be here
because ten years ago i did not think i would still be alive
because in those intervening years
there was an undercurrent of hope
because there was a pull on my being
because my presence here is important
because it is about more than just me
because whether you want to be it or not
it is about you too

glb /// “because”
originally published 01/14/2019

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