You Were Never Safe

Jordan Hirsch

When we’re together again,
passing the bread basket and the salad between us,
will I fear you the way I do now?

You are not scary, my friend,
but I am scared of you all the same.
Haven’t I always been, though?

Six feet and a mask
was never enough to keep me safe
from the havoc you could wreak by knowing me.

To let you in: a risk,
weighed out and measured
and worth it.

I pray when the time finally comes,
and I can reach for your hand again,
I won’t hesitate.


About Jordan Hirsch
Jordan Hirsch writes speculative fiction and poetry in Saint Paul, where she lives with her husband and their two perfect cats.


You Were Never Safe Copyright © 2021 by Jordan Hirsch. All Rights Reserved.

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