July 19: Encumbered

It is a gift to see old things anew,
By virtue of a differing perspective-
Though skeptical initially, I knew
That there was more than faculties detective.

How sweet to feel an ardor innocent,
Yet aching to be thoroughly expressed
To a particular recipient,
Without him knowing whose joy was professed.

It is enough for me that he’s aware
Of widespread love from a diverse collective,
So when he must contend with the unfair,
I hope that bit of knowledge is protective.

So celebrate another year alive
And know that we take heart to see you thrive.

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