sweet soul blossoming

A visit with an old friend
From years ago
In different cities now
Back in town
I discover a new person
Divorced and renamed

A shadow of the her I knew before
Passes over her face
And drifts away
And I see
For the first time
As if there had always been a cloud
She was submerged under

I remember the friend no longer here
With a chuckle
At the lie now peeled back
Thin film snake skin
To reveal a sweet soul

I am taken aback
By a deep respect for her emergence
Into the unknown truth of her fullness


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