Walking with you

Walking with you

slowed our steps
to match our long breaths
considered the faintness
of every footfall
felt them behind us
already beginning to evaporate

weighed each word
in our mouths
explored its shape
with our tongues
made us speak softer

did we hear the grass
stretching skywards?
as stoned sunlight
like lazy lightning
spilt its ribbons
down through the leaves

your tears
tiny snails made of glass
unravelling the spiral
held in their shells
dissolving descending
your cheeks

quiet currents of air
thick as water
streamed between us
birdsong stretched
to whale songs

 

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