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  • Writer's pictureDeedra Gilbert

Don’t Let Me Go

You came over unannounced


I scolded you


I’m so sorry


I wished you’d given me notice


I didn’t want you to see me without my cover up


I felt exposed


At my lecturing and sarcasm you laughed


At my insecurity you stroked my bare cheek


And played with my hair


You looked me in my eyes


Your admiration did not change


You didn’t mind waiting as I got ready


Where did you come from!?


We walked the beach bare foot


watching Rameses chase the birds


I stared as you wrestled around with him


It was a beautiful day


You told me I have the power to bring a man to his knees


I told you my powers are focused on me for now


I saw the disappointment on your face and then the optimism


You kissed me goodbye on my forehead


I deeply sighed


You have no idea how much I enjoy you


Or how hard it is for me to deny you me


One day I’m going to give in


And once again my world will be turned up side down


Therefore, I’m holding onto myself for as long as possible

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