I. you’ve never felt this small before and you’re not quite sure where to begin.
II. “we are only a blink in the timeline of the universe.” our existence, our planet is turning every minute. i drag my feet walking down side streets.
III. tick tock, tick tock.
IV. so maybe you think time will pass in an instant, but on my cosmic calendar we’ll be together for weeks.
V. i am stuck in a moment, your being is all i need. your existence is greater than you think; more than just knee-deep. and my heart swells with the space that you occupy.
VI. you tell me life is fast -- faster than cooking the ramen noodles we used to eat together in the park on Sunday afternoons -- faster than anything I have ever seen before -- faster than I can comprehend. and what’s the point if you can’t stop and smell the rose bushes?
i picked the thorns off for you.
VII. i am trying to find you, blinded by the miles between us. and i feel vulnerable when i can’t see. and you feel as numb as a dozed off limb. but even the feeling of pins and needles will subside; blood flow returns, like i will to you.
VIII. you are not a cosmic insignificance. you exist in so many ways— do you really think i could so easily forget the taste of sweetness? you make vinegar taste like apple juice; i drink cup after cup.