That Thirst

Working on a new...It’s a thirst,
the ache that we unearth
from time to time, or often,
suddenly, eons old,
and forever. But no,
we can learn
to plumb under it, through it,
asking, what?
What do you want?

The essential thing—
the most freeing-for-aliveness
truth that I now know—
is that each of us is, dear ones,
in truth,
never,
ever
totally
alone.
So,
tonight,
that’s all I know.

It gives me
what I need. It goes,
for me, from here, like this:
Take your sweetness, solace, joy,
fulfillment,
and wise counsel
where you find them,
where they find you.
Drink deeply then.

Harbor zero expectations
for the rest, for any moment,
friend, lover,
other.
Work hard.
Be kind.
Prime your own well.
And relish that thirst.
It’s for life.