Chameleon

I can be close to you like a mantle,
comforting, warming, caressing,
protecting, enfolding your soul.

I can be near to you like a smile,
like feet on the road beside you, words round a campfire,
tears and laughter shared.

I can recede like the sea at low tide,
wait at a distance until
you summon me back to your shores.

I can grow at your feet like a flower,
unnoticed,
yet present in case you should need to pluck me.

I can fly away
like dandelion seeds on the wind if you feel
restricted by my presence.

Trying to sense what it is you need of me,
because I love you
I am for you whatever you need me to be.

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