We stitched a patch together On my flesh in the shape Of a cartoon heart. I would have your heart, But only a caricature of it.
I’d approach you the first year As much as you’d approach me. In that year, you’d stitch me more, Kissing and caressing me with your Passionate gift of language. I asked you to make my stitches Tighter and more numerous With your luminous promise of love.
The second year went on like the first. Less dialogue acquainted me with Thinking of you like clockwork, like records, Your sickly, gangrene patch With familiar stitches from your own hands Attached to the flesh on my arm, Reminding me you were there.
On the third year, I drove through the seasons On a tank of memories I called love. I sought to find you but my tank was empty, I walked and took a train, then walked some more, Towards your hopeless direction, Only to fall upon my face and become a bust, Like a watermelon hitting cement.
As time ticked on, I’d say words here and there, As yours grew fewer and fewer. I grew used to your ghosts, Gave them all names. It’s only just now that I realize what’s been done. It’s hard for me to come down and sit in this Cold room with cold ghosts.
It’s only from this moment That I’ve begun unraveling All these threads. I’m not sure what my skin Looks like underneath. I undo what’s been fastened to me Day by day and wince in pain. So this is what it’s like to breathe.