Why swans have long necks, photo credit Doug McCray.

Let there be no mistaking me for someone else. I have been many times despairing, but never once deluded. Even when I refused to see the truth, I knew and understood it.

Let there be no putting me in a box or cage. Pigeon-holed. Denied or demeaned. I have never been less than or not equal.

Let there be so much light around me, darkness runs for its life, and let my mere presence bring peace.

Let every day be brighter than the day before, but let me live without judge-ment. Let me leave as I came in; a wonder, a marvel, a miracle. A precious, priceless, purity of promise.

LBM 9/10/2021