so these days have been about learning around here.
learning – as the moment between
shedding one skin and growing into the next –
at times of immaturity
runs the risk of trapping us
in turning against the other
with defensiveness, harshness, superiority,
sometimes even outright disdain.
then, famously, shame creeps in
and no new skin can unfold.
all resources are used up;
my soul feels as dry
and these lands
as summer comes to an end.
righteousness, perhaps, triumphs for the moment
but slowly poisons the clarity of my consciousness.
so other attempts seem worth an effort.
what I am left with
again and again
is the truth that if I muster up
a new gentleness – even if I borrow it
from some place not yet claimed my own –
bridges appear ever so elegantly
between the then and the now,
the expectation and the reality,
the old skin and the new,
me and you.
and right then and there,
it puts things into perspective,
at times referencing eternity,
making it all digestible
for this fragile, susceptible soul
and perhaps for yours, too.
so let’s give this more room
and let it grow
into a new sense of empathy
– a new state of consciousness –
because we’re all here only once
but get to try anew
every single day.