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learning to say yes

by Cassandra Leigh

Some people are born saying
NO. They spend their lives learning more
words; by the time they
know enough they need
another lifetime
to write a story.

The measure of an adventurous
spirit is not
experiences that make good
dinner conversation, but
the step forward into
open air, the realization
that even falling
is just like flying
with fewer degrees of
freedom.

I was born with
a full arsenal of YES,
always stepping
forward in leaps and
bounds with
reckless abandon, diving into
endless becoming.

We live only once.
But if you do it right,
once is enough.

04/05/2012

Posted on 04/05/2012
Copyright © 2021 Cassandra Leigh

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Mo Couts on 04/05/12 at 11:49 PM

So, so true. Nicely written. It's nice to hear about a life well lived!

Posted by George Hoerner on 04/06/12 at 12:12 AM

You were fortunate since the first word most infants hear from their parents is 'No!'. Nice write and much truth here.

Posted by Adele Cameron on 04/06/12 at 10:41 PM

Potent.

Posted by Curtis Sethaler on 04/08/12 at 03:32 AM

Great work here, I love it!

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