we can’t be overzealous with our words

like “beautiful,” especially upon nodding

back to my first crush when that word

popped up — if he’s not beautiful to you

anymore, was he ever? and that she still is,

what does that prove?


i was able to tell it to your face because

i knew beyond doubt that it was true.

whispering while trailing my eyes and nose

and your favorite lips to kiss over easy-

to-love skin, the word appears as mine

only to use, though you’ve said it once or

twice before, i believe that the overuse

never led me to be bored, to repeat

genuinely that what i’ve forgotten

in others is what i’ll never forget in you

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