1 : in that open wounds, exposed, bring light // you, with your worn scars and marred flesh, you are refuge. i handle your heart with tweezers and delicate touch, as fragile as it is, and you accept it. in the devilish face of uncertainty, you laugh and tell me he's an old friend.
2 : in the place of sorrow, bring me familiarity // blurred vision meets open arms and glassy tears; i have splintered. you stitch me up piece-by-piece with time, as minute- and second-hands do. life does not give up easily, but neither do your patient hands; in midnight reflections, this i realize: refuge.
3 : in our unconscious, we are adrift // we first meet in our dreams, fantasies that we cannot live up to. only when we smash our hazy glasses on the unforgiving earth do we truly see. in balmy waters, i accept and forgive. you mend me, slowly, a refuge i had never had.
inspired by everyone who used dictionary-like definitions in their poems! wow this took a bit of time but i finally got it into words