If friendships can be taut
how can pairing be elastic?
Is there only so much you take
of one another?
How is it possible to continue
until ends are met?

The littlings nettle…
The perfunctorily unsettles…

How to sustain
a resistive armour?
a resilient mettle?

One that will not harden
but softens with grace
each time a Bright
moment persists…
in shining through?