I'm wide awake, but I am sleeping.
Drifting far from the tension.
Pulling away from the outside.
Pulling in towards my smile.
Pulling in towards my heart.
Pulling in for myself.

I watch and learn from here.
I discover from here.

and I let go from here.

My humility is high.
stretched from string to starlight.
a full spool in my pocket.

Humanity still feeds.

They pull from one anther.
They keep.
They parade.

And though my shell is still soft
I am protected. 
I hold ground.
I rise.
Quietly.

Teflon.
Burn resistant.
At peace.
and I feel the tied pull from both sides of me.
and the smile holds.