You have two scars running parallel on your left arm
perpendicular to the one on your heart
and matching the one etched into my chest.
You have railroad tracks of pink and white all down the length and breadth of your thighs, pale and ivory,
And I saw them through the fog that was our shared showers when you took much longer than I
Because your life was undeveloped
And you had nowhere to be or go.
I took you in like a stray cat- thin and broken
Like the one we brought home from the pound,
The one life I was able to save of two –
And i fed you, let you sleep in my bed
And hold me in lieu of someone else,
Because when you hit bottom
There is nowhere left to go.
But you lied and I left,
Each of us tied to our pasts
With knots like the ones
You could never work out of my jewelry,
And the silence and then the stillness, oh –
I feel it more each day.
I read it in the lines on your face
That you rub away in the mirror
And think about me the same way
As you know, I do, you.