visits

By Gwenyth

he came over
had to work, i didn’t
so i helped compartmentalize his thoughts
and then started to drift
and he wrapped his arm around me
and whispered me to sleep
and he typed a paper one-handed
just to hold me
she came over
had to work, i didn’t
so i distracted her
and got out the decorations
(every holiday of importance, mind you)
ornaments to litter the pockmarked ceiling
jack o’ lanterns with false feet
santa-trimmed frames with embarrassing childhood photos
paper bags you colored when the loneliness ate your lunch
advent is a little long this year
and if the waiting is like this
i don’t mind

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