Too Much

You shouldn’t
say too much
about the way
you feel because
the way you feel
has nothing to do
with the promise
you made to
keep your distance
and let him be
alone in his empty
chamber
where his comfort
is in the ambient
sounds of trees
losing their limbs
and fox squirrels
chasing the simple
goals of their survival—

you are—
you don’t know
what you are
to him
except a warmth
he could live without
if you decided
your heart
would break apart
if you had to knock
on his door again
instead of it being
open wide
on the other side
of a welcome mat
with your name
on it—
perfectly legible
and bold.

 

 

 

 

 

DeMaris
2-9-17

Painting by Andrew Wyeth

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