On Lasting Pillars

Rejoice beyond a common joy, and set it down with gold on lasting pillars…

William Shakespeare, The Tempest

Between controlling and belonging,

Closeness and our hierarchies,

Understanding and simply accepting,

We must live. This is the common fate:

For love is everything, except

The things that love cannot make true:

For what we cannot say, or think, or do,

We reach for, longingly —

To celebrate and hold on to

And be held onto, even



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