The first time I tell you I love you

The words will pour from my lips like the wine we drank on the night we first met

Do you remember the way the fire burning reflected in your eyes like the golden hues of a setting sun?

The first time I tell you I love you

You will watch with wondering eyes

At the way I struggle to voice these words my heart is desperate to scream out

At the way my fear escapes in quick, trembling breaths

At the way I let your fingertips slip through mine like the finest sand but look at you like you are every ocean

The first time I tell you I love you

I will imagine you are like all the others before

I will imagine you are really only as fleeting as a summer breeze

I will imagine you are not everything in the world to me, that you are only a person

And nothing more

Because it’s easier to assume the worst than hope for a future that will not come

The first time I tell you I love you

I hope you will stay long after the warm months have transitioned into the rainy seasons

And the snow has covered every last leaf.

I hope you will care for me as the sun does for the earth

How he brings her out of the shadows, illuminating her darkest corners

The first time I tell you I love you

I will wait until winter has come and gone

For you, my darling, I will wait until the day the sun sets in the east

If it would mean you’d love me too

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