A Friend Visits


Words fly uninhibited

Eased with encouraging nods

Sentences link into stories

Compassionate eyes build bridges

Over gaps of time and distance


Loving care loosens

Tongue thickened with hurt and shame

Intelligent, curious interest

Coaxes cautious heart to crack

Creaking inches open


An hour’s racing minutes

Scant slice of time

Wholly inadequate window

For outpouring flood

Eighteen long months of trauma


Nonetheless mending begins

In fabric rent and shredded

Friendship’s fibers fulled taut

Carefully woven, retied

Thread by tattered thread.


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