just listening to their stories,
I must be there
to listen to their stories,
be the one to ask why, to listen.
I am worth the $87 dinner,
worth the $1.50 coffee.
I am worth your caress, the welcome you gave,
the risk I took, warm soup
and cookies from the oven, a perfumed bed
and your companionship to share;
warm tongues, exploring new mouths,
sharing stories of where we came from,
experiences we had
because I listen to their stories,
stories are safe with me
so I am worth it)