You Must Strive to Be



You Must Strive to Be

You must strive to be

both interested and interesting

if you don’t want your life to be just Cheerios.


Notice, engage

with all that’s around you.


Speculate, meditate

on anything: pin cushions, couch cushions,

a pastry shop cruller,

sidewalk cracks. . . .




think weird without acting weird,

render, ponder,

saw off a limb you’ve gone out on.

Fall, but do it with grace.

                       -Dick Allen

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