permanence

compressions cease,
pain bleeds out in
a relief I would
never have known
possible to feel

breathe out in one
enormous rush,
quiet reigns for
as long as it takes
to realize it is time
to fight

there is still enough
light in my eyes to
communicate that

compressions
resume,
in a constant crush
teasing life back
into me,
tenuous at first,
growing more
permanent

that’s what I am
seeking, now that
I have seen nothing,
permanence

— GB

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