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  • We stood beside the void
    On the verge of oblivion
    And I whispered your name
    until our voices
    had voices
    and the stars glimmered
    out of the shards
    of our broken hearts

    We stood beside the void
    On the verge of oblivion
    With tears in our eyes
    and Orion’s belt
    over our heads
    The moon shimmered
    and glimmered
    and glowed
    As it sang the song that always
    makes me think
    of you

    (the world swayed
    Like your hips
    And the stars rained down
    On me like your kiss
    And I could still taste you
    On my lips and I
    Never want to forget)

    We stood on the edge
    of time
    with black-ink blood
    Spread out in front of us
    like an ocean
    beneath a sky
    made of black-ink words
    and the stars
    flickered back on
    one by one
    to send us a message
    but neither of us cared to look
    because we were both too busy
    Trying to lie
    (the world swayed
    Like your hips
    And the stars rained down
    On me like your kiss
    And I could still taste you
    On my lips and I
    Never want to forget)

    We took one step into the void
    with oblivion sitting beside us
    I told you I loved you
    but you didn’t say it back
    and I felt you
    fading from my grasp
    and I whispered your name
    until you looked at me
    with tears in your eyes
    and I felt the sadness
    That echoed from you
    And I told you how you felt to me
    like something delicate
    and holy
    like Wedding Night lace
    and I wanted to take you inside me
    to protect you
    and I regretted the words I whispered
    But I refused to take them back

    (the way your words came out
    like an April breeze
    that whispered through the trees
    outside my window
    In soft susurrations)

    I held you in abeyance
    In a cloudless sky
    with the moon behind your head
    like a halo and I remembered that time I told you
    you looked like a goddess
    right before I kissed you
    I meant every word

    (as we lay beneath the covers
    and I kissed the curved shell of you ear
    and smelled the musk of your hair
    and You said to me ‘you’re so warm’
    and we didn’t fall asleep for another hour
    because we were too busy saying goodnight
    to every part of each other’s bodies
    until I finally whispered
    ‘sweet dreams…’
    And neither of us could remember
    when we fell asleep)

    I danced across the Black Sand Beach
    and picked out the words I wanted to say
    like Shells buried beneath rocks and glass
    that cut my hands
    But I welcomed the sting
    Because nothing could keep me
    from whispering how much
    I love you
    until I finally whispered
    ‘sweet dreams…’

    I sat next to sleep last night
    with the moon flickering blue
    like a television
    and I talked to death about life
    and he said to me
    With a raspy dried-leaf chuckle
    ‘Life, you can’t live with it, you can’t live without it’
    And I laughed because I could feel the tears balancing
    on my eyelashes
    and I didn’t want
    to blink
    (and I
    Never want to forget)

    I tried to tell myself
    That nothing had changed between us
    but I couldn’t remember
    All the things I’d said
    And I wondered if maybe I’d said
    something wrong before I realized
    everything I say has to be wrong
    because nothing
    Ever turns out right
    (the way your words came out
    like an April breeze
    that whispered through the trees
    outside my window
    In soft susurrations)


    But more than anything
    I wanted you to know
    Before I was swallowed by the wrong words
    as I searched
    for the right words
    And the edge
    of time
    crumbled beneath the weight of
    A cracked porcelain moon

    I wanted you to know
    before I jump into oblivion
    and give myself over to the lethe
    Because all I want to do now is forget
    the secrets
    And the lies
    and the stubborn pride


    And say the words that
    Were never truer before today
    (I never want to forget)

    I love you
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