i wish it were as simple as shielding you with my back from flung shards of glass
or holding you tighter than your mother’s grip on your throat
the table outside the movie theatre is sticky and i can hear your breath catch as you begin to remember that we don’t last forever
we always forget before we remember
i wish it were as simple as forgetting the passing shadows over your eyes as we drive closer and closer to letting you go
words aren’t enough to protect you but if they could i’d rip apart every book in the world and stuff the pages in my mouth i’d bleed out with ink if it stopped the tears in your eyes
can you forgive me for the complication?