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I Have Begun

by Joanne Marisa Leow
i have begun

                to truly remember

(oh) your hands






                         across my back

and then grasping


        my arm across

                to hold (me)

(me) enveloped

        engulfed (?) in your long




        that pause

                         cheeks barely brushing

the hesitation

I placed my ear on your chest

                        to listen to your aliveness



looking upwards

at your downturned


                        smiling ever so sadly

you pushed the hair

                from my face



but (no) it shouldn't                 make

                                        a difference

but (oh) it has

                (so soft)

                                your lips

                                against mine


                                        upwards         upwards

                                                downwards        downwards




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