I’m not afraid of you because,
I look into your eyes.
In them, I see a hundred wars
descended from the skies.
Haunting cries
tired sighs
sorrow borne of scars.

I’m not afraid of you because,
I look into your soul.
Once, before your many woes
you were true and whole.
Forgotten moments,
trust and hope;
love, your shield from cold.

I’m not afraid of you because,
I know who you are.
I’ve seen that wary careworn look
So many times before.
We’ve turned away, without dismay
from each other, every day.
Stepped aside, all in stride
to pass each other, by the way.

I’m not afraid of you because,
in you I see myself:
the me that would have come to be
had I been in your place.
Human rules see fit to pit
Us against Ourselves.
But I can see right through this ruse-
this tool that is abused.
I can see with clarity – always only you.

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