The unexpected moments tether us to life
Unpredictability makes us pause the knife
Tangible connections hold us here at first
Surprises in our lives keep the poem versed

It’s not the child’s life that keeps us hanging on
But the child’s laugh that keeps the demons gone
It’s not the lover’s touch giving us connection
But the sudden rose staving off rejection

It’s not the strangers here looking on with blindness
But the inexplicable random act of kindness
It’s not the Twitter timeline that keeps us on our feet
But the new connection from the random tweet

It’s not the pet’s existence keeping closed the gate
But the loving nuzzle shielding us from fate
It’s not the family members preventing final fall
But the sudden interest from the friendly call

It’s not the charity that teaches us to live
But charity of others willing to forgive
It’s not the love of people preventing the demise
But the guilt of causing pain in other people’s lives

There are many tethers that keep us here on Earth
Attaching with our first breath at our initial birth
The list for each of us in life changes by the minute
But Hope’s the final tether that protects us from the limit

*written/posted in 2012, when I first attempted writing…that’s my excuse

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