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“you will not want to miss this” he said. and i turned to face the horizon eager to see what he wanted me to see. this is so good i thought as i felt the breeze soft against my bare knees… | Secret Keepers by Emily Joy Rosen

“you will not want
to miss this”
he said

and i turned
to face
the horizon
eager to see
what he
wanted me
to see

this is so good
i thought
as i felt the
breeze soft
against
my bare
knees

and just
as i let
the joy
rise up
caressing
the back
of my throat
i catch the sun
catching me

and it’s like
when you have
a crush
you just can’t
bear to tell
how very much
they live in you
but you also
can’t keep
your eyes
away
and so you
awkwardly
find yourself
meeting
in unspoken
truths

you know
when you can’t help
but to come back
again and again
hoping this time
eyes meet
and knees weak
you fall
complete

it’s been a long time
since i played in this way
it’s been years
since i chose
care
over
winning

i love the fight
i come alive in crisis
but i got wired
to just survive
and i forgot
there is just as much
richness
in the surrendering
in the in-between
fire fighting

there is just
as much
glory
in the ways
i let my eyes
linger just
a little longer

in the ways i let
closeness
closer

so yes
something is different
about me
many things even
maybe
but mostly nothing
i just took off
some armor
that i wore
as a badge of honor
to prove
something
i no longer
need to prove

we fighters
often think
the answer
is to just go harder

but it was only
when the sun
began to fade
that i remembered
i too
need
to go soft
maybe
even disappear
to rise again

❤️emily joy rosen

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