by Darshana Suresh
I want you to remember
how old this world is.
I want you to think of
all the times you could
have been born.
In the caves.
Moss and dirt and spears.
Amidst the gods and the demigods.
The time of planets rotating
around the earth.
During the building of the pyramids.
Hidden passages and large sphinxes.
A hundred other decades / a
thousand other years / a
million other moments.
But despite everything, we
were born at the same time.
We exist now, together –
in the same place,
breathing the same air.
This is a formal thank you
to the universe for allowing
your birth to be the biggest
miracle of my life.
For letting you and I
walk this earth at the same time.

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