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Rise every day,

day after day,

once and for all.

Rise like the sun

from the dusk to dawn.

Rise like the ocean waves

moving up and down.

Rise like the trees,

which from seeds they arise.

Rise and shine.

And still,

like the air,

to the sky,


Rise from the ashes,

Rise from the horizon,


Invariably you gotta rise.

Rise to the top

until there's no other way


to rise.

Rise and fall

all the time.


at the end of the day,

we are all


early or late.

So rise up!

*This poem was written for one of Novella's writing prompts. Novella is a monthly writing club & storytelling salon for all women based in NYC.