with heart to spare

with heart to spare,
i’m still here, writing and reading ~
though time has had its say on my face,
a bit of graffiti etched around eyes and lips
and more than a hitch or two in my get-along,
a fair amount of pain

but I am still here
with heart to spare
and time for reading and writing ~
nothing else given, nothing else required,
which is the long way round to saying:
I’m still in love with life

© 2014, poem and photograph, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved