My beleaguered friend

You should dance among the stars!

With all the world at your feet,

glimmering with envy and admiration.

And amongst those lights and loves,

Your sparkling soul would stand out,

In itself and itself alone.


You don’t need that dark contrast,

That juxtaposition that paradox.

The absolute, brilliant, immeasurable

Joy that shines in the ether,

Untainted unmarked and unbelievable,

Has always been yours.


You will learn each language.

They speak novelties so sweet,

and glow in the snow.

There, there are only

fireflies that burn and breathe,

and spell your name with elastic tongues


You shall feel the quiet rhythm,

In each of your bones captured,

The tone I have never heard before.

It kisses and cusses and blows you wishes.

It lets you gleefully pick the diamonds out

from within.


So until you clamor for light,

Until you run cold water,

Through your tired, blistered fingers,

Whisper quickly,

Love incredibly,

As you dream your days are still whole with happiness.

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