The world could fall to pieces
and even as my atoms splintered into powder,
I would smile
Entangled, like tree roots in a dense wood,
it’s impossible to tell your limbs from mine
My insecurities pull tight on my heart like stretched string
I let the brassy chaos of an uncertain existence
wait quietly at the periphery of my consciousness;
like lonely raindrops on a cloudy night.
I want to trace you with my fingertips
until I can read your body like braille.
Outlining each syllable onto my skin with your satin lips— I love you
the noisy ticking of time
becomes an unmenacing silence
and I close my eyes and smile
as the world around me crumbles