Here we are
Eye to eye
Tenderly testing the waters
Of this deep, crystal clear pool.
But we are no longer young and foolish
We can still hear the sizzle from the last time
We let such enchanting water
put out our roaring flame.
We are sweaty and weary
And wear our battle wounds with pride.
We are warriors not unfamiliar to the weight of a sword
We’ve slashed ties and built a fortress
And guarded it fiercely to raise our young.
So we dance carefully around each other
Stealthy and alert
We poke and pry
And make careful notes of each response.
But allow ourselves to be curious
of the shape taking form in the stone
As we each chip away at deceptions,
mirages, and alluring sleights of hand.
Our machetes drawn, we are determined
to clear out the briars of our own illusions.
The taste of salt and blood rests soothing on my tongue.
And we find scars braid stronger where the skin was torn.
So I let my mind sharpen against you
like a knife against leather
No need anymore for anyone to validate me
Your power feeds my fire.
And your yang gives space for my yin to finally breathe.