Hold on to Life

Hold on to life, the engineer who can calculate love.

Hold on to life, the beggar who can’t remember why, hold on to life.

Hold on to life, the child who lies ill in a dark desert, hold on to life.

Hold on to life, the elephant who mourns by his brother for days.

Hold on to life, the physicist repeats to himself as he falls into a void and the answers disappear.

Hold on to life, the whale who scratches her back with sky and wave.

Hold on to life, the lover who grins in calm recollection of the wise men she has left in her wake, hold on to life.

Hold on to life, the grandmother who squeezes the neighborhood dogs.

Hold on to life, the drunk who sways home in the night.

Hold on to life, the moon who reminds us to look up, look up.

Hold on to life, the girl who sighs out an open window as rain jumps into her lap, hold on to life.

Hold on to life, the husband whose smiling eyes wake his wife each morning, hold on to life.

Hold on to life, the earth who spins in our favor.

Hold on to life, the painter who throws his last brushstroke through the center of the canvas.

Hold on to life, the boy who can’t put down his toy gun, hold on to life.

Hold on to life, the farmer prays, watching his crops with a hopeful tilt of his head.

Hold on to life, the athlete who moves with the explosive power of will, hold on to life.

Hold on to life, the bee who delivers the birth gift of flowers to his queen.

Hold on to life, the doctor  promises his patient.

Hold on to life, the jay birds screech with heaving chests.

Hold on to life, the monk who gets lost in silence. Hold on to life.

 

Watercolor by Ilanit Maghen