After every instance
in which you have pressed
the tips of your fingers
to the gates of your mouth
and offered in my direction
the seal of your lips,

I have caught
all offerings
and accepted
each gift
more willingly
than the last,

and I hold each kiss
within my fist—
So when I am given
your final gift,

when I loosen my grip,
a lifetime will pour out,
and the winds of our love
will shape the skies above.


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