i am not a stop on the way to something greater

i am not the quick doctor visit to bandage your open wounds

or the witch in the woods with magic in her blood.

i am not the aftermath

--from the great love

i am not second best or second thought,

i am not a vacation

or holiday

or hiding place

i am the final destination

the home you’ve always been searching for.

the safe place to land.

i am the journey you are on

not just a quick chapter.

i am not an escape,

an illusion,

a fantasy

i am all that is breakingly vulnerable, achingly magnetic, magnificently tender,