The Company We Keep

Behind each of us stands at least
one devil, one angel.
The devil says come with me
and I will make your pain go away.
The angel says put your hands over your heart
and ask me any question you want.
No matter where we go they follow
and become intertwined with our calendar.
It's tempting to say one of these is good,
the other bad, but when the lights turn down
and we return to the thin pocket of our room,
we know few of us can travel through life
without conducting a conversation with each.
So let's do this hard thing together
and say we are grateful
for all those standing behind us,
the angels and devils and all those in between.