There we were, lit up
by so many
tiny white lights
in the black of night,

and I thought

some kinds of love
should be shown off
on walls
like the ones
around us,

everyone could see
the beauty of

everyone could see
what sanctuary
looks like.

I think of art as
colors and lines,
bodies moving through
space, the long note of
a violin in my ear,

but also
(also! Don’t forget!)

the overflowing container
of a heart

that loves
and is loved,

that finds
poetry in the being
and the shadows
and the simple idea
hope for
something better,

or feels
gratitude for
the answered prayer.

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