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safe shelves

to walk by your side 

each time is a privilege

I do not take it lightly 

the warmth of your trust 

feels like a soft blanket 

wrapped around my skin 

I cherish the moments 

that align us 

even for just a moment 

each moment is a piece 

of broken, green glass 

that is 

thick and rough 

around the edges 

beautiful

indescribable 

incomparable 

a little dangerous 

if you’re not careful 

kept in a sacred place 

safe on a shelf in my mind 

for now 

they need to rest 

so they can be preserved

I will return to them 

as I always do 

when I need to be reminded

-writer has asked to remain anonymous


Photo by Joseph Boyle

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