the emptiness of your departure was sudden and complete.

i curled alone at night,
leaving your side of the bed untouched
in case you left a ghost

i was haunted

remembering those times happiness shimmered in my eyes--
hands running under sheets, breath mingling &
the slowsweetslide of you within me--
and the way you pulled me close after,
using your arms and lips to make up for
the emptiness of pulling

& how i made you tense across the room as i
across a desk, and smiled
in red stiletto ankle boots, freshly showered, towel drop-

my hands did nothing to replace yours.

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