During dinner I said, "My feet
are too large for my room."
She said, "Any room means riotous
wealth upon which you can walk."
I said, "But cramped living leads to small
bitternesses and resentments."
She added, "And also for cozy living
arrangements that call for lots of snuggling."
I smiled. "I welcome those small delights
which can be found when space is at a premium."
She said, "All of creation is one large room."
To change daily space
to brave space
rather than comfort
where young people,
not interested in training
but in knowing
who controls the narrative,
toil to reclaim stories
stolen from human families
and affirm the truth
that we all stand
on the shoulders
of the great cloud of witnesses
who have gone before us.
Knifing my way around
the edge of the sqaure
pan of brownies, I say,
"Everyone wants the middle piece."
She says, "I am not a middler,"
while grabbing two inches of crisp edge.
I grab one whole side of edge,
"A perfect relationship is found
She smiles, "We both love the edge."
I say, "And eat the middle
if there is room."
She declares, "There is always
room in the middle between us."