tonight: unexpected on a wednesday afternoon

“Plato spoke of the necessity for divine madness in the poet. It is a frightening thing to open oneself to this strange and dark side of the divine; it means letting go our sane self-control, that control which gives us the illusion of safety…
-p 14, Walking on Water, Madeleine L’Engle

clinging to these (oft many) futile insecurities
becomes a struggle when staring into the moments
of children flinging themselves around your waist
shouting, laughing, dancing at the surprise of seeing you
out of context on the city street
running so fast their bodies a blur until they cling gladly
their certainty of this: they love you enough
to be sure that when they wrap those arms in a hug
you will respond in kind and brush their hair back
utterly delighted
and one who is so loved so freely
ought not waste precious moments of glorious life
on the futility of those insecurities
the divine madness sweeps away at them
with childlike affirmation unexpected on a Wednesday afternoon

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