I Need You

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i want to say,
the light soothes
every wound,
all the shadows
 
i want to say,
groping in the dark
is the path, the gateway
to our happy future
 
i want to feel,
always, the presence
of sunlight streaming
onto my quivering skin
 
even as i cling,
even as i know i am,
to sneaky corners
immune to light
 
but the words hide.
the dance is not
always near, or
hopeful, or ecstatic.
 
instead i say,
let’s do this together
it might not be pretty,
or redemptive
 
but it is here
and i need you
and maybe you
need me too. – TS
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My Questions To You

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What is your saving grace?
What pushes you to the darkest
places on a night of no stars, full,
instead, of the thicket of feverish dreams?
What grand and majestic hope has stayed
with you since you were a tiny little child?
What did you want to be when you
grew up, and is this still your fantasy?
 
I am your ear, your hand, your heart.
We can hide in the dark together, and
when we’re ready to emerge, we can
run and laugh catch the sun and sand
and build castles of what’s never been lost.
I implore: can we share the happy and sad,
our hesitant and bolder steps in this world,
all our inner magic, before it’s too late? – TS