Poem: Consensual

You can say
You can think
You can be
Whatever you want
Whenever you wish
I am forbidden
To over-write
That glory which is
And which grows
Shaped inside
Your head
Your heart
Your body

It is only mine
To reveal
And reshape
My own

And yet still
I long to explore
Crossing those thresholds
That keep us
Safe from harm
Yet alone
Where you and I touch

Show me your wounds
I’ll show you mine

This poem was inspired by a conversation about reading a poem, and the the thoughts and ideas that arise in each of us on reading or hearing the poem. I framed the words with one intent, and my audience took in the words with a different frame. It was a wonderful reminder that “sometimes words have two meanings.”


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