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The Surprise You Are

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James Stansberry | Mar 7, 2017, 3:30 p.m.
Surprise--butterflies!

The Surprise You Are

I didn't expect you, didn't know I was asking for you

twin, soul source, friend, mate, you, who were suddenly there

in that pink dress, ballerina, floating into my vision

rare creature, man and woman, Trans, so beautiful

and my heart shattered, a glass too full of joy

so that now, every time I see you, butterflies dance

just under my ribs, singing accompanies your appearance

and I would, I would, I would defy whatever demons

the world would throw in your way, to keep you safe

to keep on laughing with you, your hand in mine

the hand of the friend I've always wanted, just didn't

know the package would surprise me so.

(for Daniel)

James Stansberry is a Seattle writer/cancer warrior/psychic/medium

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