beyond all pain

pain is an invisible
visitor––

you cannot hide it
from your lover
who cares for you

& loves you more
than she ever did
before––

her life
your life
one life––

her spirit is
your spirit
helping to animate
every move you
make

this is true loving––

lioness & cub––

tips of the tall oak
branches fuzzing
the clouds––

birds in the yard
singing
through the night
because they
love you