I want to touch you with tender hands
as I’d hold a newborn baby
or stroke a sleeping pet
or caress a loved one’s brow.
I want to lie beneath
a blanket of wisdom with you
while the whole world circles us,
mending the hem.
But bees sting, curt replies, careless eyes,
and my lungs inflate with rage
that wants to be expelled.
The hardest job is
holding my breath
until the pain returns.
It’s not for you.
Ariele Huff leads writing groups at four senior centers: Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, Edmonds, and Greenwood. She also teaches online and on site classes at Everett and Cascadia Community Colleges and through the Bridges to Shoreline program at Shoreline Community College (a funded program with really inexpensive workshops) and at Edmonds Parks Department. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to get a quarterly flyer.
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