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on these days, I promise you things you didn’t ask for

 

Today, I am too proud.
I tell you I need you,
and then ask for nothing.
I let the space fill up
between us, an endless river
of fear shivering
through my bones –
you say I want to see you,
and I believe it.

(But I need more,
I need to feel it.
For that, you need courage.
For that, I am your prayer.)

Today, I am too scared.
I let the phone drop.
I listened to the dial tone
as if it might answer back,
as if I could find meaning
in its mechanics –
I found nothing.

(I need more.
My soul is in the walls.
Get a hammer.
Be my wrecking ball.)

Today, I –
no, let’s start over.
Dig up our last true moment:
my leg over yours, a laugh
as we kiss, hands
somewhere, everywhere,
the wind chime
of your fingertips telling me
everything I need to know.

(I need more.
I need us.
I need you.)

Today, I am too proud
to ask if you need me,
if you love me
back.

Categories: Poetry
  1. June 6, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Beautiful tension and nostalgia here.

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