A Different Kind of Fearlessness

The strength that’s needed is the courage of heart to remain undefended and open.”
— Jack Kornfield

And so we open again.
Even though. Fill in
the blank. We all know

what hurt feels like.
And how many times
have we wept when

a certain song comes
on the radio or when
we read a line in a poem

or sometimes for no
obvious reason. And
still. We ask to be open.

We find the walls we’ve
built and tear them down.
We stand naked in November

and breathe. And think
how lucky we are
to shiver.

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