Going the distance

They will judge you

whether they know enough to do so

or not,

because a lie is the shortest distance

between a stranger and a threat.

Certain skin, shapes, tongues,

ways of loving and of seeing God(s),

the way your body moves or doesn’t,

these are no mystery

though, maybe, magic.

You are a map, unfurling.

There are no shortcuts to the truth.

FHB