give and take and more give than take whiskey regrets and bathroom falls stabilizing (humbling) promises of love the shooting star across the Michigan Milky Way off roading to the last campsite lone walks with the Red Woods towards the vineyards of Napa found nerve in the mountains of Whistler And jealousy turned envy with the sound of arpeggios new friendship built on the chords of his guitar Languages opa and oma nanna and nanno red lights and waterboat champagne no feelings preceded or warned for the great pause except for maybe the desire for rest turned to months of homemade food movie nights furry companions turned family boredom fear. Stillness in chaos. Nanno gardens at 93 the world marches and cries; The world moves. Nature roars. I visit with backpacks and boots I camp at its waters Skinny dipping in the great lakes Lane Cove is where peace dances with the dragonflies; He holds me when I'm scared. Masks are worn for more reasons than hiding, now more parts to protect the nation votes one side wins the other (why is there the other) braces. four tens turn to three sevens I'm unsure which mask I'll bring with me What I will take is my love of what came before. I'll take the life i've created and the life i've been given. I'll take the joy and I'll (try) to give even more.