I feel loved.
A stranger told me the most amazing compliment. Now he is a friend.
A stranger made me dinner. Now he is a friend. Now, I know his name.
A stranger called me white Jesus in his comedy routine. We exchanged the shaking of hands. Now, I know his name.
A stranger told me he wants me around every week, that my poetry is money, that he would pay to transport me back. I respect him. I am honored. I feel loved.
I am well fed, clothed, cleansed, and sheltered. Not sheltered, imprisoned, incarcerated, enslaved–free. Forgiven. Opportuned. Loved.