because it always

because it always
kills me a little to
say it kills me a little, i
keep the words
back, allow other
words to hold
pep rallies in the
auditorium of
my mouth, take out
banner ads across
the sides of my
tongue, wait for
a clear day, pack
an extra change
of clothes, order a
down south grilled
cheese and tomato
with a sprinkle of
cajun seasoning as
fall back
taking the leap
and asking you to
that i’ve said
anything at all



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