You are so close to me now that I breathe you in,
stumble over you,
tangle in your moods.
I pass time clenched in the frustration of long hours,
the enormity of an empty, rainy afternoon,
how slow these minutes trudge.
I drown in you,
heavy with my expectation
and your need.
From the corner of my eye I see you
leaning over empty space I long for in my sleep
The breath leaves my body,
leaps after you into the void.
I watch you sleep,
eyelids twitching like cricket wings,
and years pass in the time it takes to smooth your hair.
Your grip on my ankles slips away
and I surface, gasping
just in time to catch sight of you
backlit and floating towards the sea.