I’ll Be at Peace


If I died today and my only legacy was that a few people felt a little braver when it came to sharing their writing in this world and being themselves and risking ridicule, I think I’d be at peace.

If I died today and my only legacy was that my kids looked at the light when the sky is stormy dark and the sun is bright, and they could hear my voice in their heads gushing, “The light! Look at the light!” I think I’d be at peace.

If I died today and my only legacy was that some of my poems brought someone comfort or courage, I think I’d be at peace.

If I died today and my only legacy was that someone stopped questioning themselves at every turn and apologizing for every move, stopped wondering what they were doing wrong and starting seeing that they were magnificent all along, I think I’d be at peace.

If I died today and my only legacy was the love I’ve branded on my wife’s heart, I think I’d be at peace.

If I died today and my only legacy was the one time we laughed together so hard we peed our pants or cried and didn’t die from grief, I think I’d be at peace.

If I died today and my only legacy was imperfection after imperfection, small human error after error, step after step and day after day of showing up and saying, I am here and you are here and we get to be here together, I think I’d be at peace.

If I died today and my only legacy was how the sky watched me swim, the birds let me listen to their song, and the world went on without me, I think I’d be at peace.

I think I’ll be at peace.

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