I wrote this letter with the intention
that it be read aloud.
Forgive the limits of my voice.
Of my lungs,
Of this gluttonous muscle that
Struggles as ever
To wrap its way around a phrase. Please.
If you cannot understand my words
then take the sound
(The syntax, the perspective)
That when asked any question deemed important
My bones will always answer
with your name.
I have taken you sublingually.
You dissolved your way to my bloodstream.
I spend evenings staring at my bedroom ceiling,
Arguing with my inner narrator
That if he insists on keeping me
From sleep again
I’d rather the conversation be about you.
You know, switch it up from my usual
This is my best impression of Molly Bloom
Which is to say I am a complete mess.
(Also, that I knew that line would make you laugh. Yes.)
The first time we were together
you seemed so nervous
I was afraid you might shatter
Might shake your veins
Hiss steam from your joints like a crazed radiator
Dissolve into dust,
Might lean in to kiss me
Then spontaneously combust.
Not in a double-entendre sense,
In a literal sense.
Which would have been a terrible thing to have to explain to the firemen standing in my apartment.
Let alone my roommates.
The are lot of things I should be doing besides writing this for you.
A lot of things more important than loving you and
There are hundreds of things
I am inifinitely better at than writing in general
Spilling my coffee
Bumping into table corners
somehow eating an entire hamburger without smudging my lipstick.
is something that I am
Like, sort-of-okay at.
I mean, not great,
but definitely still better
than I am at writing poems or subtlety.
Though not nearly as good
as I am at not drinking coffee,
may I just say
that if anyone is going to mess up my lipstick these days
I would really like it to be you.
Wherever it is that you and I end up before we wind up dead
I hope that we find time again to have a 20 minute transfer in
the Antwerp Railway Station.
did you know?
That your watchband is always too loose.
I have noticed
That if I ask the time of you
You would rather jerk your elbow violently until the face jumps around your wrist to be read
than ever let go of my hand.
It seems important.
At this moment,
To record these things.
I am not entirely sure why
and I certainly have not come close
to doing it justice.
The best I can come up with is,
Do you remember the day?
In New York City.
In the rain.
We were standing underneath the overpass of the subway.
The drops kept settling on your glasses.
You just kept looking past them
You know, at me.