I Like…

I like people

who are full-time open books,

they don’t pick and choose

what pages to fill

I like forgiveness,

for even a friend will have a flaw

I like my freedom,

for it is never too little too late

I like late nights,

but only when they lead

to fulfilled mornings


I wear my patience thin,

it seems,

chasing improvement and growth

more than truly liking the “now”


I like when “now” has a feeling:


I like rolling-over-laughing-fits

that tickle the sides of the throat;

I like birthday parties,

singing to a girl who has not yet

handed over her naivety to society;

I like knowing where I’m at,

but not what stop I’ll be taking

in the future;

I like butterflies and fairy dust–

as long as they’re meant

to provide a long-lost “answer”

to life’s riddles, its rhymes,

its warn-out-masterpieces


I like when I look at boys

I like and they look at me back

and like it


I like being updated

on the trails of those important to me,

I like being heard

and not ignored

I like knowing that I’ll wake up in the morning

and put on a yellow jacket,

see skin color not as a target

but as a human,


armed with a pencil, a pen,

to take me back again,

to a place where time was slow,

“now” stayed “now,”

and we all strived to make a difference

in the lives of others.


May 8, 2015


A summary of “likes” in a City Year life … check out more about the fantastic organization I have served with now for 9 months @ http://www.cityyear.org/ ….   HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY