Evolving Emotions: Thankful

The comfort in knowing

All is well

And will be well


The security felt

When a sound

Divulges its character


The overwhelming joy that

Echoes through the room

At a ridiculous story


The calm you keep

Close to the chest

Knowing your needs are met


The common conversations

That you simply

Must absorb in your mind


The familiar scent

Of a home

So loved


you get in the car

your glance rips

from familiarity

each mile

unnaturally separating


The love

The struggle

The pain

The growth

The peace


The memories you crafted fade

As the path ahead expands

You know you must



You tremble

But trek onwards

Hoping for greatness

Cautioned towards aversiveness


No easier to swallow

The tears well up

As you are reminded of what you had







Even so,

Being apart

Shows how well off

You were

And still are


They have given you this gift

To separate from the world they made


And form a new one.



Erin Knape is a sophomore who will major in psychology at the University of Michigan. Her greatest passions have always been the arts, whether that be writing, painting, or photography. Evolving Emotions, a weekly installment of digital art, poetry, photography, and short stories, aims to communicate the unifying concepts, thoughts, experiences, and emotions within the human experience. Explore Evolving Emotions' creations every Sunday.

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