Care

Dress like you care!
Eat like you care!
Care like you care!

You don’t think
apples just grow on trees,
do you?



A fish taps a clam
against a bony knob
of coral
to crack its shell — 

which demonstrates intelligence
yes, but
is the fish
pleased with itself?



Alone in your crib,
you form syllables.

Are you happy when one
is like another?

Add yourself
to yourself.

Now you have someone.

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