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