put your fists up
and surrender the struggle
in your outside world.

the more
you embrace
that warrior

the more peacefully
you sleep.

and…
the less
your ego
engages
in mental
battlefields
on the
unconscious
level.

facing
fierceness
and fire
is humbling
and burns 
trauma
from tissues,

all extremes
lead to their
opposites
and ive
been fighting
so hard
to AVOID
conflict

my biggest scars
are caused 
by cowardice

and flinching
from edges
and meaningful
friction.

It now seems,
the more
calloused
my knuckles get
the softer
my heart
feels safe
to become.