before the tears

before the tears fell from my hot eyes even
and crashed to the floor I forgot her name again,
and she said the words back to me
when once I told her she didn’t need me nor I her;
it was want, so much want in so little time;
and nothing needs sacrificing anything,
only the readiness to give everything up

and I tie these knots now in my chest,
navigating the tangles of my days under the sun,
and it takes me to forever and back
and I fall to my knees under all the weight
and kiss the earth with my hands and feet and face
and I pray for my soul back and for hers
and for the hands catching us when we fall


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