Love Poem For Clay

Hello old friend (first love)
You saved me from my troubled teenage year
Then you stopped speaking to me
When I was challenged (at war)
With the toxic masculinity
I encountered as a student in the Midwest

Later in life you (my friend) came back to me
When I was struggling with grief
With the loss of intimacy and love
Your warmth reconnected me to the earth
Your soft touch healed fresh wounds

Today we are separated again
This time by a global pandemic
But this is not forever I long for the day
When we can be together again