Life is alive

Life is sublime discomfort
for me, for now,
happily awkward first dates,
last dates, being witty again,
planning to rally against, though
this time too risky for family,
creating a new career path,
a new role,
fighting for its survival,
every cut feels like
winning, striving, not enduring,
new, but not freshly minted,
valued, skilled, seen again,
poetry flying out of my hands,
from pens,
solder, screws, and grease,
and music, so much music,
friends, a greek chorus, active,
duty attended, everywhere,
airports and ubers and handshakes,
flesh and sun and heat,
a mind finally at ease with
being tossed,
a body built for being kicked,
life is alive again.