Simple Song


Simple Song


I am what I ask for

Even as I search the phone, the book, the friend

for one right answer—

my life piles behind me

I blow it away and take it in.


I am what I ask for—

Green leaf & blue sky

Orange walls & red sweater

Warm smile, loud laugh

What you seek is seeking you*

I am what I ask for.


The words I repeat again and again

For my girls float from their lips:

You’re the one that I want, the one that I need

Grace swims in the ordinary

So light — dark hides this well.


Break, shatter, re-shift & see

the mystery on repeat & true

I am what I ask for, aren’t you too?

-Nancy Schatz Alton, 12.13.2017


*Rumi quote



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