I owe you innumerable apologies

For things I can’t apologize for

Because when the line between

Me and what is just a part of me

Blend, I mistake chemistry for choice

And try to seal myself back

Together with salt water and

An abundance of oxygen

But failing, I find myself

Pressed against your back

Hoping to breathe in breath

Giving you puddles

With the thought that you will jump

And forgive my needing,

My gluttony, stealing your air and

Using the gentle rise and fall

To build a steadiness

That welcomes sleep

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