Sitting at the public pool, alive I watch humanity do exactly what it's meant to. Movements signaling the world's pulse, still in-tact. A man fixes the knot at the nape of his wife's neck A few extra minutes spent on a swimsuit top just to prove he loves her the most, without asking. A teenage couple holds hands for what is clearly the first time. Children run, play, learn the art of occupying space. They charge from the water to their parents' arms, reckless & joyful abandon, undeterred by those passing in the crossfire. These children do not know their actions could be burdensome & they do not know such a feeling exists of no longer deserving love. I think about myself, so young and deeply feel I always knew.