i lost a button

i lost a button
today. no, not a new
button that comes with
a conceited sort of
but rather
one with an
endearment, worn
from use, like dear
, or darling
one with a personal
pronoun, one who
dependably held
me together, showed
me off, instilled
confidence –
after all these years
of taking warmth
for granted,
even the morning draft stung
with inescapable despair
when i lost you today


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