Cynicism is Easy

start small
in manageable ways
maintain eye contact
listen without interruption

sit still
look at the trees
watch the wind firework
the sun-sparked leaves

remember to breathe
remember to breathe
remember to breathe

and when somebody says
that all of the great books
have already been written
there are no songs left
that haven’t been sung
there is really no point
all that you’ve created
is a variation on a theme
an imitation of a melody
remind him that at any
given moment there is
someone in a room alone
with a head full of shadows
who could definitely use one
more good song about the sun