she encircles you,
works through you.
while wringing hands and fighting lonely tears,
that you are in relationship
with every stone you stumble on in chance meeting,
the dusty path that hugs your shoes,
the doves sweeping low overhead,
the desk that absorbs each press of your pen,
the books whose pages capture your breath,
the ceiling that gathers searching late-night stares,
the chipped cup,
its divot a place your tongue seeks,
socks he wore, but just the once,
a scarf she knit you, knowing full-well your love of the yarn,
and the animal responsible for it,
that patch on your shin that showed up, what, a decade ago now?,
let alone the scratch on the car that saved your life..
Forgetting builds a wasteland.
Look around you.
We are, after all,
in this together.