renewal/11

by poems & doodles

you’re starting to love

the fullness of your 

cheeks and the weight

of your steps again. 


you peeled a mango

this morning and 

caught a sun-colored

bead of juice dripping

down your forearm with a 

half moon smile, a

giggle


and the way you dumped 

cream into your coffee, it

almost looked careless,

          easy.


it wasn’t until you talked about 

trying watercolors again

 – stopping only to suck

on your stirring spoon –


that i thought 

i’ve missed you. this you. 

the hungry, present you

sitting in sunlight, casting a shadow

one that

i mistook for a ghost for

far too long. 

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