Can you truly love a rock,
you’ve never directly seen or touched,
or some other relatively inanimate object,
or a steel wall?
If so, then how is your love
different from a more unilateral “appreciate you”?
If not, then what is different between your “love”
and your “co-passions”,
passion with and toward,
but not “passionate energy received from,” necessarily,
or, Yes! Necessarily!?
How do you know your love is also co-passion,
reiterated and returned,
however un-equivalently expressed it may be?
Is this not a matter of positive teleological faith,
of enthymematic hope,
in that boundary time between stimulus and response,
before and after,
subject and objective,
identity and relationship,
in an environ-mental health that is,
setting aside mutual immunity barriers,
to more courageously and opportunistically co-habitate,
rather than fear, anger, anxiety,
all dissonance settings of negative default,
oppressive to self,
suppressive of others’ natural positivity,
default tipping point barometer,
that the value of one positive opportunity
edges out double-binding disvalues of two passively negative non-risk takers,
hoarding against a future
more fully defended as a contentious ally of death-defying hope.