options

there are always gonna be reasons not to do it.

to play it safe.

and then

what remains

– all that remains –

is what should have, could have, would have been.

…and the absence of the option

of joy.

so –

no risk, no freedom

…and no tight embraces or foolish grins.

so – time for a little yes

and a little uncertainty

and – in the midst of all of it –

a little happiness.