“what are you waiting for?” – 5

the arrival of understanding

when mutual compassion
and mutual gentleness
allows each of us to be
in each other’s company

no concerns of acceptance
or denial

when i am old enough
and wise enough

to stand close
even when it is

to not be hurt
when my way
of existence
causes hurting

to know that the
aches are not
mine alone

to be stone
when and where i must

to be water

to not always be fire
burning away