Shine it on and shake the dust
Off your feet as you walk large,
Laughing loudly enough to make
Your father cringe and your friends judge.

Shine it on and shake the dust
From hands dirtied by work—
Admire the finished product,
Not everyone gets to see the endings.

Shine it on and shake the dust
Where it creeps into everything
Just by virtue of being in the edge
Of the desert when the winds pick up.

Shine it on and shake the dust,
Clean out the mental closet by
Drowning in words or colors or silence
When the pressure makes you want to stop.

Shine it on and shake the dust,
Keep moving forward—crawl
Or walk or run towards the next
Small thing that will make life brighter.

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