There is something troubling
about finding a girl pretty,
and saying so, and realizing
she takes offense at the remark. It makes you wonder what you
say to a blue sky that is filled
up with blueness, what you say
to spicy salsa that burns your
tongue just the way you hope
it will, what you say to a good
book bursting with your favorite
stories. She says she doesn’t want
to be marginalized, but don’t
your eyes feel the same way
when they aren’t allowed to
tell your tongue what they see? Nothing worth looking at
has only one detail to see.
No eyes worth looking with
see only one detail. The bluest skies are full
of a dozen different blues.
The spiciest salsa burns
sweet across your tongue.
The best books burst
their seams open
because they have been
read again and again
to learn the secrets
they did not divulge
the first time through.
I've learned that you cannot make someone love you.
All you can do is be someone who can be loved.
The rest is up to them.
I've learned that no matter how much I care,
some people just don't care back.
And it's not the end of the world.
I've learned that it takes years to build up trust,
and only seconds to destroy it.
I've learned that it's not what you have in your life,
but who you have in your life that counts.
I've learned that you can get by on charm for about fifteen minutes.
After that, you'd better know something. I've learned that you shouldn't compare yourself
to the best others can do,
but to the best you can do.
I've learned that it's not what happens to people,
It's what they do about it.
I've learned that no matter how thin you slice it,
there are always two sides.
I've learned that you should always leave loved ones with loving words.
It may be the last time you see them.
I've learned that you can keep going
long after you think you can't. I've learned that heroes are the people who do what has to be done
When it needs to be done
regardless of the consequences.
I've learned that there are...
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