You are Me

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I am looking at you,
see a vision before me,
and look how much
we are the same,
and how we differ,
and as much as I want to
reach my hand out
to grasp yours warmly,
I don’t. There are fears.
My thoughts form a world
apart from the majesty
of your lovely being,
and wrest me from myself,
too. You are my mirror.
I look at you, and cannot
yet peer through my mind’s
wakeful imaginings,
but my heart
has an imperious will
all its own,
and it brings me back,
through the vessel
of my sacred body.
I see you before me,
a beauty so stupendous
it leaves me shaking.
I bow before you,
and remembering that
we are for each other,
I bow before the beauty
in me, that allows me
to honour your perfection.
 
– Tammy Takahashi
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We are Here

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They: nature of things,
the things that birth
and that are born

That create and
are created in the sublime
swirl of all creation

That came from
the nothing that is everything
and expand, generate, grow.

They are only there
to the extent that
I pour my heart into them.

They were only here
to the extent that
they found me, and I them.

I am only here
to the extent that
I am awake and present.

I am only here
to the extent that
I see it, feel you, love. Love.

– Tammy Takahashi