as you are / by Shelby Robinson

'as you are.' says the universe.

'after...' you answer.

'as you are.' says the universe.

'before...' you answer.

'as you are.' says the universe.

'when...' you answer.

'as you are.' says the universe.

'how...' you answer.

'as you are.' says the universe.

'why...' you answer.

'because

you are happening now.

right now.

right at this moment.

and

your happening is beautiful.

the thing that keeps me alive

and

brings me to my knees.

you don't even know how breathtaking you

are.

as you are.' says the universe through tears.

― as you are | you are the prayer, nayyirah waheed.