A Valentine for the enemy

Dear opposite to all I am and believe myself to be

That you exist

Compels me to work

And for this I love you

That you express yourself with venom and rudeness

I learn restraint

And for this I love you

That you fight just to fight and when you fight it’s mean and violent

I grow strong in mind and spirit

And for this I love you

That your behavior towards others shows reckless disregard for all that is good

I project hate onto you

And for this I’m stopped

If I’m lucky

Because on rare occasion

When alert and unprotected by the many forms of self-concealment

And if I’m less afraid than usual

I (am able to) see you in me

And I’m humbled

And for this I love you

And I can begin to understand myself

And I can begin to understand you

And for this I love you

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