Departure

I can feel it, baby

The first inkling that I end and you begin

Picking up senses and their accompanying awe

Your hands push against the chest

You used to require for sleep


You lunge for dirt

Heart from heart and skin from skin

The sinuous route from up to down

Until I relent and release you

To the earth


We both feel it, baby

The invisible thread

The one that causes my eyes to open

Moments before your cry

Does it ever go away?


I linger in mid night

Back and forth on weary feet

Your head finally heavy

Our breaths tangled

Holding something I didn’t have to chase


Sometimes it seems

We’ll spend the rest of time

Trying to get back

To this

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