write a story a poem a paragraph, one more time.
this time it was you. you who asked. and
I’m inclined, saying yes.
there is a tree that lives inside a tree.
so that story goes. limbs inside limbs.
another snake in a tree.
and you? another you inside you?
more bigger good grace to smile my friend.
we always knew who that snake really was.
here a nibble, a taste on a flutter of air.
there, there’s that word again.
who imagined it was big as a rock?
stand close with me. as you do.
not being alone was forever the better
here’s to the coin in our pocket.
image: Sepia framed art print of “The Temptation of Christ” by Botticelli
from the Sistine Chapel
C. after we talked. july 2022