Hold on to what is good
even if it is
a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe
even if it is
a tree which stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do
even if it is
a long way from here.
Hold on to life even when
it is easier letting go.
Hold on to my hand even when
I have gone away from you.

hold on to what is good - nancy wood - 1974
Previously published in Many Winters: Poetry and Prose of the Pueblos, by Nancy C. Wood, Doubleday, 1974
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