Have you ever looked around /

to notice all the pain? /

those memories you’ll never have again /

the smiles you forget /

the friends, too /

the impermanence of it all /

those to-do lists you lost.

But if you look /

your eyes as open as your heart /

you’ll see that the pain is beautiful /

if you can invite her in /

she’s had very few friends in the 7 billion of us on this planet /

we call them mystics /

it’s like they knew something we didn’t.

Pain is like a precipitation /

of over-flowing joy /

loving life so much /

it’s like you don’t know what to do with it all /

so take this pain /

use it to face today /

open yourself to all the horrifying /

possibilities /

my heart’s so full of them /

it might burst.