Pull the shadows down deep until they are behind us;
Now only we remain.
Naked as you found me, but unafraid.
I drink you in.
Before, wordless, I would have let you
Take all the best lines
And all of the good light would paint your soliloquy.
But I have learned to fill the silence with pretty tokens taken from your tongue.
A marionette, I spend my days pretending
My painted face and human likeness dampen and crumble away like rotted wood about me
Until all that remains are splinters from
The useless mask.
Here I have laced together my clumsily begotten words
And too close you see the rips in the seams
And the wear
But when you are there and I am
And nothing but time stands between us
Know that they mean I love you.
And I loved you.
And I will love you yet.