we are drawn in by those for whom life is uncomplicated
attracted by their pure colors and clear light
their unlabored-for knowledge.
we are delighted when they delight in us
putting on for awhile our thoughts and opinions
glittering, glowing from our attentions.
we are forgetful that we are, at best, an electrifying phase
at worst just a diversion that may possibly have
which we will not be there to see.
we are a photo in their mental wallet
they'll take it out now and then to look at
with pride [ and a little wistfulness ]
wondering what strange lands we are mapping;
they will never [ ever ]
come with us.