Have I changed for you,
a better fit, a better fate?
Have you changed for me,
a bitter taste now a better taste?
Do we absorb and expand
or do we retract and regroup?
Melting pot never quite hot enough
or never stirred in the right ways
for all spices to become flavors.
Dance and swirl, centrifuge of life
a music we only sense, never really hear,
never quite get those words out right.
Mix, stir, many-to-one
yet alone at day’s end
in skins our own unique shade.
Stripes, spots, splotches, clean as ivory and teeth
beautiful as any trophy and kept as pure
as the dance will allow.
Do I move to your rhythm
or do you come for my words?
Do I misshape you to my desire
or do you mold me to your will?
© Michael Griffith
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