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I was just getting started, just dipping my fingers
when I caught your scent, like a honeybee
finding a blossom full of nectar.

My fingertips providing the chills of finding
the strap that held you in, forefinger and
thumb pressing your clasp,

I could smell your age.

I could tell that you'd had one too many
birthdays, one too many arguments,
one too many days when your child
didn't call.

I had no idea what I was getting into,
no idea that I'd be obsessed with the
pages spilling out of your bellybutton.

And I needed it, like people need
religion, even if I know that
sometimes needing isn't believing.

When you climbed into the car
that October day, I wonder
if you thought that Death was
giving you a ride.

And as my nude fingers grasp the
last page of our amour, did you know,
lost in the passenger seat, that it was
one you weren't coming back from?

~JLE~
The first time I saw your shoulder,
peeking like a Muslim under her hijab,
I looked away, like I had never seen
a shoulder before, like I had never
wondered what secrets my lips would
find in the pockets of your collarbone.

The first time I saw your bellybutton,
I knew it'd be the most of you I'd ever see.
I knew you'd be chalked up as a loss,
like everyone's first kiss, like every
adult's young aspirations.

And though I never saw the parts of you,
hidden precariously under single layers,
I still saw you, more guarded than your
body's secrets, dipping your toes,
chipped green polish, into the trust
of another man.

Overwhelmed, I say, "I love you"
because I have too much of an
affair with my phone to articulate
what I'm really feeling.

And after I see your hand, for the
first time in years, grasping for
what we once were, I say it again,
"I love you," realizing that love
is a verb we're all misusing.

~JLE~
There I was, as imposing as a tree,
shawls cantering to the floor,
pages attempting flight,
escorting her,

like gravity escorts a chestnut,

to her new life, her new clothes.

Later in life I'll be asked if I feel shame
for giving the world a story nobody would know.

No, I only felt shame when I opened her up
searching for any presence of me and,
evidence lacking, left her jacket-less

on the floor.

I wonder if when she died, starving,
she still believed people are inherently good.

~JLE~
So, saw an "ex" fucking in a parking lot. Didn't know whether to be sad, angry, or disappointed. Turns out I was all three. Suhweet.

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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Writer
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Valsoney Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Thanks so much for the support :)
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HaloAddict16 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the watch, I'll try and get some more work up soon :) For now, I will return the favor.
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MaybeNotVad Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
Thanks a lot for the FAVE!!!!!! :)
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weirneich92 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
hi there :D

thank you very much for the fave :hug:

have a nice day :D
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dasuebel Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
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mcmanusedward Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the Fave!! :D
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Thanks for the fave!!!! :hug:
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WilliamsMind Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the favs my man!
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Chaotic-Whispers Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Hi there.

Thanks so much for the watch.

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