I’ve been holding
you for so long.

Your cheek is
against my chest
and I know you
can feel my heart

but do you hear it

Do you hear the dripping?

I’ve been holding you
for all this time,
in a full embrace.

But, what you can’t see
are my hands, crossed
behind your back
and holding
closed the cuts
on each opposite wrist.

If I let go,
the bleeding

will finally stop.

©️ CG Tenpenny, 2020.

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