Joy, again

Driving to a nearby town
I feel electricity surging
my chest full and opening
thoughts of multiple loves
alternating, lifting me

Sitting in the coffee bar
an older gay couple
are deep in conversation
their care and affection
palpable, transparent

I rejoice that I am alive
in a time where they
can be open and out
where I can love many women
and talk about that with friends

and there is a world
of ugliness and hate
all around, still
how dare I, some ask
be overflowingly joyous?

I know only one remedy
for hate and evil
to live as full of joy
as I am today, and tomorrow
to do that again

I wish for you, all of you
the same electricity
the current of deep love
running up your spine
and filling your eyes

with the liquid of awe

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