everyone wants you to give them a piece of time
listen to their voice, the song of their life
it’s not a secret that we want to be heard
understood, and admired
even if it’s a tiny bit, a speck in the sky,
the grain of sand, or the dust in the wind
but at least if someone acknowledges us
we don’t feel as small or invisible
we gain a meaning, a purpose, a reason to create

so here’s to you
raise that glass and solute
the brava of saying hi, smiling,
or gently touching our hand
thank you
for listening, seeing, acknowledging
that we are still existing, breathing,
and for now present with you

© jacob greb