I trimmed the beginnings
Not to clip
To give myself and you
Burden less
Strain of where to go instead.

I didn’t surrender
Not surrendering
I let go, knowing
One more step
Will hitch myself
From looking up at sky
And seeing the sun.

I took you effortlessly
When we began
You’d rant and I’d stitch
Over the slurs with sunflowers
What I wanted to see
Before, I’d gone too long
Straining my eyes
To see what never was there to see.

I didn’t cower
I couldn’t. I refused
To stand in front
Many incompatibilities
And told myself
Day and night make a whole.