The benefits of fidelity cannot be explained
or predicted in advance.
Only by being lost in the territory–
wandering from temptation to temptation that
you feel perhaps just too stupid to indulge in–
do you find yourself half a lifetime later
with a mysterious wealth in your pocket.
It never takes form, but you can see it:
the opportunities for safe repose,
hugs when they count.
And by what you can now spend:
loving every man, woman and child,
needing nothing back,
living off of the collapse of fear,
making friends like a child.
Even when there is no money involved,