I reached out to take your hand

we caught a patch of slush and slid into a ditch,

striking the passenger side into a hill

but we’re fine, everyone’s fine

we pull out

drive home

rent a car

and book our time with insurance-sanctioned

repair shop

and I’m holding your hand again

because things are just things,

but we’re fine,

so everything’s fine.

Freedom is Found

Freedom is found

in the simple things
a cup of coffee in the morning,
a beer at night
a hug between friends,
a kiss between lovers
freedom is found in sunsets,
and stars,
and waterfalls
cascading down upon our
fragile, strong, and beautiful selves.
Freedom is found in you and me,
in us,
all of us
Freedom is found in love,
true love,
made manifest in this moment
Make it count