Acceptance

By: Katie Hoelzer

 

Timid petals

open

into gray skies.

 

Mothers try

to protect children

but the world

is ever-present

unrelenting

merciless.

 

The cold world

does not care

about a small blossom

struggling

to bloom

in the frost

and clouds

and rain.

 

But life

is

acceptance.

 

You cannot

control

the universe;

do not let

the universe

control you.

 

Unfurl your petals.

 

Form deep, strong roots.

 

Let the rain

kiss your face

and smile back

at the grim sky.