stay long enough and she reaches into you

cracks open hard places

shakes loose the illusions of power

summons kinship through salty tears

smooths out the edges and anger

who says you always need to be confident, driven, sure of yourself

i am truly nothing beside you

yet more alive than in dreamtime

if i wake before i die

i’ll ask you again to test my eyes

for now, she washes away

the weights and pains of yesterday

i’ll visit you in my mind

so to seek and surely find

being here is the only place

to escape the tired noisy space