Steering away, and back

littler than you,

I think without explaining

as the edge of your lip curls.

before you cry

your distress reaches me;

magnets repel and attract,

create distance and remove it,

insisting

that some materials

pull closer.

you pull me close,

I feel

as I hold

your body

before your upset

spreads through your figure.

before your brain can register delay.

the way safety is often a cue received.

embody agency at the same time.

brought intuitively to the present

I am considerate of what immediacy shields;

how a body encodes,

How that body isn’t talking to me,

but to themselves.

Speaking to a circuit completed;

signal response

signal response

signal response

signal response

distress connection

distance presence.

How does my presence offer you safety?

as harm

as choice

as variables

as transfer

as transition

as integration,

and yes as open.

opened.

I am listening to you.

I am magnetized by the question

that follows my own —

signal.

response.

signal.

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Writer. Thinker. Facilitator. Advocate. Invested in accountability for power based violence, creative initiatives, and meaningful, nuanced dialoguing.

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