Photo © 2016 Marla Carlton, in Santa Fe, NM.

Part of a series of stream of consciousness poems written on Instagram. Posted August 11, 2016, 8:16 a.m.

Space. How much space do we have in our lives? Space for friendship. Space for family. Space for self. Space for empathy. Space for patience. Space for love. Space for joy. Space for hope. Space for reflection. How do we create space when every day fills our lives with more and more, crowding, shoving, squeezing just a little extra out of us? A cloud purges when the droplets that make it who it is grow too heavy. They release the weight. Nature protects them. When our cloud fills up how do we purge? How do we protect ourselves? How do we release? Space. Leave some.