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Morning glory

Engage yourself with negativity,
and your heart will weigh heavy
with dissension in your life;

like the budding, wild rose
that struggles to survive among
the bindweed encircling it,

tendrils twisting ’round it until only
a spindle of its former self remains,
an unwelcome heaviness holding it.

Instead, live like the morning glory
who opens itself up each morning,
choosing its own path among the sunshine,

ringing vitality through the belled blossom
nestled among its heart-shaped leaves,
awakening positive spirits within us.

As darkness descends upon the earth,
join as it enfolds upon itself
in peace, its rapture restored
for another day.

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