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if e’er I wrote
without your name –
or felt an ache
beneath each rhyme
I’d find you still
your fingerprints –
along my spine

but for words
I’d trade my pen –
and lay aside
attempts at grace
for once I drew
my fate with yours
along and down
an anxious page

tis not enough
to speak aloud –
for silence now
the truth will speak
as breath between
ten thousand sighs
more than I thought
could be

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