DiptychJill Alexander Essbaum
I. Thief You keep taking. I keep talking. II. The If If: Then. If: Only. If: Lonely. If: All else fails me. If: A blind man Brailles me. If: The whole winds up being lesser than the sum. If: The lights are on but everyone is gone. If: Turned on. If: Turned to stone. If: Wanting to be near I’ve pushed you very far away. If: Stay. If: Instead. If: I get you into bed. If: By luck or lust. If: Nonplussed. If: Nonchalant. If: Stalemate leads to détente. (Or: Not.) If: The tree of me falls but you don’t hear it. If: Ever you ever loved me then swear it. If: We don’t get along. If: We cannot be friends. If: End.
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