ten years later

when you are driving
down a familiar highway
more slowly
more carefully
than you used to
and memories
rush back
with a surprising
lack of pain

the resentment
the ache
the sting
replaced
by amusement

ah, the messiness of youth
you say with ease.

how strange
and how sweet

to find
bitterness
mellowed
by time

to find
yourself
older, softer,
healed.

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after falling

standing here

the moment
of falling
long behind me

it is worth
speaking of
the way it feels
to tuck against
the familiar

the desire
to remain
in an embrace

to persist
in the face
of imperfection

to marvel
at the journey

to see what
strange bends
we’ve taken

to know that
sameness is not
oneness

to cultivate
oneness
from difference.

to believe that
in all the small
incongruences
exist beautiful
possibilities

instructions, rephrased

turn
some
tenderness
inward

delight
in your
delight

see
not only
what lovers
can see

but see
what only
you can

and sprout
a little
new love
for yourself
daily

 

Audrey asked us to write a love poem to ourselves for their birthday. I haven’t quite been able to do that, but this is a start of a start.