I want to kiss your dark places
When you’re not looking,
Caress your hair and smooth out your face.
You’d smile and pretend you’re smoking.
I want to stand next to your shadow,
And disappear within.
Come out shining, wet—
I’m never leaving.
I’m just beginning to understand
Your reasons for standing so still;
It’s like you don’t want the others
To know what’s going on
Upstairs in that head.
But I want to know so bad it hurts.
Kiss your temple like it’s a sieve
And I’m taking you in.
Your charge electric, and worth
The burn to my lips.
The scar to my mouth.
A signature you left—
A trigger to pull.
To ignite the wire and send out
A shower of sparks,
In perfect arcs, of hours and minutes,
Seconds spent with you way too bright.
We start fires outside your house.
I see us in the reflection
Of my rented car, before I leave.
Imagine you wavering
Out of sync behind me,
And I barely have a chance
To recover from it.