The wise value intellect over heart
Please submit CV and character reference
for your colleague, brother, uncle,
best ex-lover—the one you were too young to appreciate.
Must be tall in spirit, eternally curious,
fearless in Fear’s sticky clutches
fiercely gentle, questing for what matters
free of grandiosity, meeting shame with tenderness.
Well-traveled explorer of
eros and agape’s vast steppes
sets kiss on desire’s soft cheek and
pursues, swift and unrelenting,
deep passion-flowering friendship.
Bored by phones, cars, sports, pride
Even-keeled, above all, kind
Knows the generosity and grace of true apology
Would rather be happy than right
Finds life in dancing, drawing,
praising the waters, trees, stars, telling stories
offers incense to the shadow while turning to the light
Understands consolation (did I mention kindness?)
A baseline of easy laughter
A capacity for stillness
When there’s nothing to say, smiling
when touched, makes room for tears.