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Thinking of you.

"Breathing Room," by Christopher Walsh, 6/21/2016-6/22/2016



Space.
Distance.
Clearance.
Room.
...needed? Offered. Gladly given, in fact.

They need, for a time, to be close only to themselves.
They need those who are close to be, briefly, less close —
Maybe in sight, maybe not,
Maybe arms-reach, maybe not
— as they find the reach of their psychic bubble
That cushions against the world's sharp edges.
As they strengthen this shield.
As (is likely) they feel.
As (you hope) they heal.

Perhaps you're in their background.
Perhaps farther than that.
Perhaps farther.
But: you are where you're reassuring.
They choose where that is.
Be okay with that.
Be okay with them.
Know that "I'll be there for you" sometimes means "Where is there?"

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