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Instructions on Not Giving Up | Ada Limón


A photo of a human hand under a light green leaf with very distinct veins. The background is out of focus and dark green. A poem by the current Poet Laureate of the United States, Ada Limón titled "Instructions on Not Giving Up" that reads: "More than the fuchsia funnels breaking out / of the crabapple tree, more than the neighor's / almost obscene display of cherry limbs shoving / their cotton candy-colored blossoms to the slate / sky of Spring rains, it's the greening of the trees / that really gets to me. When all the shock of white / and taffy, the world's baubles and trinkets, leave / the pavement strewn with the confetti of aftermath, / growing over whatever winter did to us, a return / to the strange idea of continuous living despite / the mess of us, the hurt, the empty. Fine then, / I'll take it, the tree seems to say, a new slick lear / unfurling like a fist to an open palm, I'll take it all."

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Poet Laureate of the United States, Ada Limón.


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