Brace Yourself


The year I fell in love with you

was the same year I learned

that nothing and no one belongs to me.


My instinct was to pull my heart back

safely into my own chest


But I have never felt beautiful

wearing a dress threaded with fear.


Never once felt safe

keeping a careful and whispered soul.


So instead

I release you

over and over again

into your own 

bright and beautiful life.



So that when you come back

each and every day

it is because you are full

and you are