when I have
been too long
what others
wish me to be,
my heart feels
stretched and tight-
thready of beat,
and nothing
makes sense
in this unfriendly
cold place

it is only
in coming back
to a space of
quiet being that
I find myself safe,
on the shores
I’ve built from
truth and love
and something
freed within
that sees the
sacred in all

then the skies
open wide
welcoming me
as friend,
blessing me
with their soft
pink promise,

you are seen
you are loved
you belong