you blew in through
barred door-

wearing welts
by hail-

what fate befell
you love?

no? it’s ok, conceal
the details

but do cast
light
on

unease you’re
feeling-

if home embrace
feels safe

enough it pains me
to chew on
what’s

keeping heart
from

showing
up,

regardless of the
body count

or less vulgar
messes,

i honor said
request

and am
here

for warming
presence,

or just peace
in silence-

we may play
in many
masks.

photo: Pixabay – Thomas Wolter