our driftwood bodies float against the tide,
twining around each other like we’ve been doing this
for ages, like we’ve been weather-kissed, floating upon
and into and onto since the time before seas were first
christened into oceans.
i touch the knots beneath the skin of your back,
trace the tree lines around your wrist,
and you smile at me and i love you
for how human you are.
underneath the moonlight,
we laid and laughed
like run-on sentences, kissed like ellipses, and
you held me so close that i wear my bones down smooth
the grain of your skin.
you can leave me if you wish my love
but I’m not going anywhere
please do not hurt me love I’m a fragile one
and you are the white in my eyes
please do not break my heart, I think it’s had enough
pain to last the rest of my life