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