I am wondering about your heart,
but will not ask directly. Is it safe?
Or are you anxious it might break?
Tell me: Do you ever open
the floodgates just to feel
the exquisite release of pressure,
water thundering, tremendous
power focused by boundaries
you were unable to build
back then? You always were
uncomfortable when I noticed
your submerged emotions.
When I questioned your repression,
you withdrew. So I stopped. These days,
when I’m asked what you’re doing,
when they wonder how you are,
when they wonder if we still talk
to each other, I just smile and say:
‘That’s OK. You know,
wonder is seldom fatal.’
(c) 2018, by Hannah Six
Image: TakehisaYumeji, Woman in Cafe (unfinished),
(1915), oil on canvas,