Presence

Presence, presence
it takes time to be present
to practice presence
requires presence
it costs to be present
demands sacrifice to be present
steals from selfishness to be present
gives to be present
it feels lonely to be present
I feel less alone when present
Life is brighter when present
and yet I fear to be present
I desire to be present
when I am present
I cloister myself from presence
when I am not present
As I write, I escape presence
Not wanting to inhabit this body at present
but, presence, this presence
takes time to be present
to practice presence
requires presence.

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