To Wake

To wake.
Perhaps this is
the most important
process of our times.

To wake,
and to wipe the sleep
from our eyes,
that has become
living nightmare
of presumed, needed,
and unchecked consumption —
consuming things and people
is only a surface that masks
what we have forgotten
in these many nights compiled over years.

To wake,
to remember the reality
that we exist together
regardless of the limits
of mere geography
and contemporary engrained habit.

One need not know
to awake to
in facing the day.

One only need
to wake enough to
take a first step,
willing to enter the unknown,
that will of course be followed
by and with others.

We are not alone
in this
to a new day.