pink sweater

think i used to think

forever was a mile marker

state line i’d straddle

and we’d pretend to always be young

these hearts are already older

than they were before

take a breath

do it deep and speak

on the exhale

what will i need to relearn

forty times over

create culture

with the once or twice

each day i decide to be this way

hope you see me

behind your closed lids


and quiet

and screaming crying

and running

knotting over what we did

never knowing what we say



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