Gifts and Mastery

  Away The city fades, and the weight of the world falls away – wars, schedules, and questions. Shazira, Tzina, and I escape it all for three days, hiding from an uncertain future. Talking, traveling, and laughing together. We open our hearts to each other, trying to forget a long year apart. Our time together is just a breath, a moment, a beautiful sunrise that will soon disappear. We pretend that nothing will separate us, but yesterday and tomorrow hover over us, just out of sight. The fourth day comes, and finds us camping on a distant island. I wake long before dawn and walk alone on the beach, my eyes full of stars, and my feet full of the warm, gentle waves. I wish that all our days would be like the last three, simple and full of joy, but the world returns. After breakfast, I walk on the…

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