I. we were princesses and knights and dragons;
we held the world in our palms,
and when we got tired of it, we made another.
the big bang starts with us:
bright eyes meeting - supernova
hands clasping - creation of life
cheek-aching laughter - light.
we were so young when we had everything;
but we got older together
and the universe narrowed down
to me and you.
II. (or maybe nothing changed at all;
the two of us together, always.
together for a decade - that's the same as forever,
III. our stories changed as we grew,
from adventure as young children to romance as young adults;
we still chase fireflies together
but now we whisper secrets to them instead of wishes.
you always ask what I tell the fireflies:
how we share clothes, I think, and can't stop staring at
how my dresses flow over the curve of your body,
how you braid my hair when you're bored, I think,
and all I want is to press kisses to your fingers.
y o u, I think, always you.
that's what best friends do, right?
IV. (a sleepover before graduation:
I wake up with your arms around me,
sunlight painting gold on your skin,
soft breaths fan over my cheek -
two girls who can't imagine life without the other.
I don't move even when hunger claws at my stomach;
you sleep on and I feel s o m e t h i n g in the universe
shift - change - e v o l v e
and I can't look away from your lips.)
V. your smile, the joy in your eyes when you see me -
my breath is knocked out of my body,
heartbeat almost painful against the inside of my ribs.
it's cloudy but you still shine.
kiss her, my heart whispers
but all I do is smile back.
VI. O h , I think.
VII. (children to teenagers,
princesses to dragons to knights;
friend to best friend to first love.
firefly secrets whisper wants to the universe;
we made this galaxy just for us.)
VIII. I love you.
we remake the world:
you love me too.