Grateful (a poem)

the word grateful comes from

the Latin gratus & was first used

in English in 1552,

so says the internet wizards,

who remind me I didn’t use

this word – grateful – very much

‘till I realized there was

a hole in my soul,

‘till I found a group of folks

who loved me back to reality

& away from a slippery ledge,

‘till I could love myself

full-fledged, & begin using

that word – grateful –

day in & day out

like it was the oxygen

I needed to survive

(Photo by Gabrielle Henderson on Unsplash)

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