She Held Her Breath To Make a Wish, But I Don’t Know What It Was

horizontal on the bed, not-sleeping
thinking
of things like
fear and courage
paralysis and desperate movement

birds outside hold conversations
with a
bare breeze
as another noisy
airliner shuffles blue morning sky

she said she was cold, so i offered her
a blanket
then moved in
close beside her curled-up
body, heart beating heat between us

the television flickered lights and
sound
but it was
her hair and skin
that i watched, that mattered most

she fell asleep there while i did not
back to
my chest lifting
and sighing with every
breath, eyelashes fluttering gently

i got up to leave, put on my shoes
touched
her ankle softly
whispering, i need to
go and you have to work tomorrow

now the sun throws red reflections
off of
double-pane
glass windows and
iā€™m here alone with words. & fresh

memory.

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