To Be Human

My mother's garden shoes
My mother’s garden shoes

To have dominion over a planet, yet small tomato gardens.

To speak with universal meaning, yet with a local accent.

To feel from the soul, yet at the mercy of chemicals.

To need solitude, yet also community.

To be individuals, yet tribal members.

To have thoughts, yet also moods.

To have regret, yet forgiveness.

To seek variety, yet continuity

To be a soul, yet also dust.