careful

The other day I watched a teenage boy

walk across four lanes of traffic with his

middle fingers in the air


just to hug a girl

on the other side.


Romance can be wild


but when I mistake

recklessness

for fearlessness

I wonder why we were ever taught

that it should be dangerous

to love us


Truly, it isn't that brave to

throw yourself into another.

I could throw myself into

you

right now,

if I was rude

and had nothing

better to do.


Why not instead

care for someone 

the way the light cares

for an uneven landscape

or the silver cares

for a stream it barely remembers

or the gardener cares

for a complicated ground,

so shy it pools up


They hold even the untouchable close,

bow down to the precious.


my lovers take their shoes off in the house


they would never make demands