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POEM: Borrowed

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By Christi Ortiz

Some think gratitude

is a difficult thing to cultivate

 

But it takes just a moment

of awareness

 

to glance around and see

that all I have

 

all I am

is borrowed

 

My body was built and borrowed

from my parents’ cells

 

The air I breathe

most likely someone else’s air recycled

 

My clothes

made by another’s hard working hands

 

My food

seeded. grown and picked through other’s toil

 

 

My language

passed on & created by many others before me

 

The car I drive

designed and made by others far away

 

The house I sleep in

made by hands I know not

 

The fire that warms me

created and discovered long ago

 

My beliefs and ideas too

were given as a gift & passed down the centuries

 

My favorite song

created and shared by others

 

Virtually everything I see and touch and hear

is not mine

 

From this vantage point

Gratitude is the only response
Christi Ortiz

About Christi Ortiz

Christi Ortiz is a licensed marriage and family therapist by profession and a poet by passion.  She enjoys trying to put to words to that which is wordless and give voice to the dynamic and wild spiritual journey called life. She lives in Spokane with her husband and two children, Emmanuel and Grace. She loves the outdoors and meditating in the early mornings which gives rise to her poetry.

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