i’m running a hand through your loose ends today, coddling the urge to yank down like a ham-fisted toddler, swaddled up to my cheeks but not yet blind folded, not yet able to fall asleep until i have both of your arms around me, stopping me from falling. it's like watching a movie whose actors are long dead, knowing the performance is in the past, and all i have is film memory, coiled, cut at the places i chose to blink. if only i could paint it black and white, reveal the squall, and yank. would you tell me if any of it was real?
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