thank god for thanking god by Esteban Allard-Valdivieso stand up & every so often remember to check in with every aching temple with every jasmine flower ruined with every breath filled in smoke & seed & loss. give the wind a name & send it on its way encouraged— do not lift up the world but release it scattering into the fields like dandelions or music— stand up & gives thanks for the worry thanks for the doubt thanks for the heartbreak for they have helped find a way out of all this mess & into our own tender arms. so stand up & give thanks to the not working out, thanks to the too late, thanks to every blank page unfilled the dusty trail, the fallen grace, the hunger this is what we sing to not every curtain closed but every window thrown wide open & thank god for thanking god for this: when we are out in the wilderness the wild will still pour out of us.
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Esteban Allard-Valdivieso is 41 years old, currently lives in Berkeley, CA and has been published in Street Spirit Newspaper, Free Magazine (by the Berkeley Student Co-Op Housing Association), the Cal State University Los Angeles newsletter and The Lake, an online poetry journal (June 2021). He has been writing poetry since he was ten years old.
He also operates a photography business focused on music, cultural events and portraits.
He currently runs @littlepinkpoems