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;

before.

I think without explaining.

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.

I am drawn by what links us.

the way safety is often a cue received.

I am learning to forgive adults and

embody agency at the same time.

swayed, and

brought intuitively to the present

by what I know

your curled lip means.

I am considerate of what immediacy shields;

how a body encodes,

I trust you.

How that body isn’t talking to me,

but to themselves.

the you is self, first.

Speaking to a circuit completed;

signal response

signal response

signal response

signal response

distress connection

distance presence.

I’m here.

How does my presence offer you safety?

you answer me as invitation,

modeling that

continuity

is before us.

as harm

as choice

as variables

as transfer

as transition

as integration,

and yes as open.

opened.

I listen for you.

I am listening to you.

I am magnetized by the question

that follows my own —

close the circuit?

signal.

response.

signal.

signal response.