It’s more than pride that puffs her up.
Layers build buffers
between soul and the cold;
in the places where
denial runs up against reality,
is decidedly counter-intuitive.
may make good neighbours,
but they block the very life-giving rays
that her soul most seeks.
It will take all of her courage
to face the cold without feathers,
but only in nakedness can
sun make love to skin;
intimate connectivity with the Light
will dress her more beautifully
than her puffed up profile