after you’ve been holding your breath
for a long time
you tell the truth.
you tell the truth into the fear.
you tell the truth into the sadness.
you tell the truth into the ear of a trusted other.
you tell the truth into the ear of a knowledgeable other.
and light floods in
and breath fills up your lungs
and hope crashes into the landscape
and the one you told
now able to tell
and light floods in for them
and breath fills up their lungs
and hope crashes into their landscape
together we discover our humanity
in telling secrets, in telling the truth.
only in community.
we are a community of secrets.
only in honesty.
we are a community capable of honesty.
and the truth sets us free. together.