our eyes once bordered with auburn-oak whiskers and tresses now speak through grayer thickets.
the smiles express from more than they did 131,400 hours before now.
it’s not that your younger grin inspired less or mine felt less.
it’s that our inner rungs have wrestled a lot since – a healthy stretching of emotive taffy.
so now intrinsic muscles flex these grins
upward with fuller comprehension.
understanding is a strange tenet of companionship.
because half the time it’s an exercise lassoed to self-realization:
do i see him as he is? or do i see him as projected interpretation?
(please, please have me see his uniqueness as it really lives
…the massive integrity of which deserves a cheering stadium of response).
in this particular hour, we join as we individuate
as love keeps renovating relational space.
while i search the trinity, and you the reach of euclid,
we diverge a little
expand a little
and through daily moments, we commune in progressive depth.