I have wanted to be with you for so long

I have wanted to be with you for so long

I have wanted to be with you for so long

I have wanted to be with you
for so long.

The dream of you
diluting my days into perfunctory conversations
and people and chores I could do without.

But these autumn weeks have been strange.

Changing my focus
onto more pressing things, less wishing
I were far away.

The boy stood up today and recited his first poem.

Someone I barely know hand-delivered a card
with the sweetest words scrawled in blue.

The sick girl fell asleep on my arm.

And the woman I love above all else
squeezed me tight and said Thank God you’re here,
Thank God you’re here.

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