“Common Ground” Poem of the Day (2023)

“Common Ground”

By Ashley O’Hare

We are all created

by a mother and a father,

but we are raised

by countless others.

The fictional figures gracing our screens
are written by our mentors, unseen.

Authors take ink and paper

and transform it into lessons, entertainment, and peace-

evaporating stress and loneliness like water vapor.

Celebrity actors, directors, and athletes

inspire the public

purely because they are like you and me.

We are shaped by our environments:
What we are exposed to

slips into our DNA

and promises we will not enter

the next stage

of our lives


and unchanged.

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