Advice (protection)

Ssshhh…

 

…do not articulate, do not

give yourself away;

do

not

reveal,

or give up

what you know

 

you do not make yourself

vulnerable

or open yourself up to their scrutiny

they have no right

to lay their eyes, fire and brimstone,

on your skin,

not even your fallen hair

or that tear you left behind

two years ago

in a paper cup

 

…they do not understand

the flight of birds, or why

the salmon swim up the waterfall;

they do

not

understand

the

force

of the desire to climb against a current,

how passion

is fuel

is the vehicle

is the driver,

the navigator,

and the destination

 

you do

 

so

shield it from them

that’s your treasure,

that’s yours to keep

 

secret it

away from them

from their jealousy

their unmistakeable hunger and need

 

because if they see

gravity’s pull as a rule of law, as the way

things are and should be

then they don’t have a say

whatsoever

on how you choose

to fly.

 

(For Jasmine Curtis-Smith)

 

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