the opposite of pain

explore, love.
reach down,
reach in,
hold me tight.

be calm, love;
don't listen to the screams.

touch me, love.
drain my mind
and step inside
to take control.

ignore the sounds.
there is no river,
there are no flames.
the damp is your own;
the heat is mine.

i will teach you, love:
we both release the screams.
don't listen.