I do not ask to bare my teeth to you
Lips dry and cracked or
Glossed in rosey hue,
I frame my greeting in sentiment
Pure and true.
Without a word
I hear your ache and loss,
Do you dare respond with such vulnerability,
Heart wide open?
Does it help if
I also feel your dreams and joys and
See the light in you,
however dim and disguised?
Let me smile.
Accept this token given freely, not even my own.