Standing on the bed while he sleeps I stare until he acknowledges me. When he does I snuggle up and ask him to kiss every part of me if he wants to go back to sleep. Reminds me of how I always used to get in trouble for staying up late. We had bunk beds and I was always on top. Until we moved and no longer had to share a room. Some things change, some things don’t, this is an inconsistent ocean. But the lantern’s still lit, Always a beacon, always a door. When I heard your voice I wanted to yell, but what you had to say was more important so I kept my cool. If I could add you to my shelf, I would, but that’s impossible so come and go as you please. But don’t be gone too long because one day we’ll no longer be and I don’t want that to happen the one time you’re away. When the wind blows I can smell you. And when the trees sway I can feel you. Grasping me to dance, we spin and you dip me into the cosmos until I glitter with stars. You name each one with a kiss and squint your eyes like you’re inhaling my essence. I’m am but human alone, but with you I’m, something. Something brand new.

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