what is this?
it's like opening a present
and wrapping it at the same time.
it's like watching it snow
in the dead heat of summer.
i push you away
and pull you close simultaneously
and i'm still not sure i get it.

what is this?
it's a gordian knot made of us,
and a ten foot pole to hold it open.
it's a rocket ship to reach the stars
and a cave out of reach of the sky.
i create fences
and tear them down concurrently
but maybe i just want to run free.

what is this?
it's loneliness
and company
it's friendship
and it's not.
you push me away
but you hold me close
and i know that this is right.

© Elizabeth Klassen 2009

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