woman-touching-her-third-eye-with-hand-mudra-on-shutterstock-800x430Standing tall even before
I grew past your shoulder
knowing it was my place to
hold you up when
you did not realize
you were being held
that’s the suffrage of the one
who loves quietly
no need to tell
as the soldier returned from war
will watch the sunset in silence
saying nothing of his fight
we internalize those things
the precious touchstones
kept in our palm
to fortify
and garner deeper