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14 February 2008

and seven. because for valentine’s day, you get two kooser treasures.

Screech Owl

All night each reedy whinny
from a bird no bigger than a heart
flies out of a tall black pine
and, in a breath, is taken away
by the stars. Yet, with small hope
from the center of darkness
it calls out again and again.

This Paper Boat

Carefully placed upon the future,
it tips from the breeze and skims away,
frail thing of words, this valentine,
so far to sail. And if you find it
caught in the reeds, its message blurred,
the thought that you are holding it
a moment is enough for me.

i love these two. because i’ve spent so much of my life hoping for love. and no matter how much that hope seemed to simply disappear in darkness, i never lost it. and because loving feels like sending something fragile out into the world, knowing it could so easily be tattered and torn. but also knowing that if it’s received, it’s enough. even if it’s no longer what you thought it should be when you sent it out. it’s more beautiful when i let it be without trying to fit it to ‘shoulds’ and ‘oughts.’

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