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That which lingers in the air

1.
The air reeked of broken promises.
A heart gone unstitched,
and a hand that always let's go.

You replay words spoken,
in search of a miss step.
You're looking for a crack in a foundation,
that hasn't even been built.

You look at me with questions,
when all I want is to be your answer.

2.
The air reeked of passion.
A fire burning in a heart seeking freedom,  
and a hand reached out for yours.

You kiss me with conviction.
But I haven't deciphered in what...
in me, in us, in this moment, in this lust?

You hold me as though tomorrow will never come.
And in this moment I would be fine if it never did.

3.
The air reeked of distance.
A heart left with questions,
and the hand of a girl
left empty.

You pull yourself away.
You're looking for a crack in a foundation,
that hasn't even been built.

You look at me with questions,
when all I want is to be your answer.

4.
The air reeked of longing.
A silent call from a heart meant to heal,
and my open hand
reaching to take hold
of you

You lay down beside me,
you kiss me with tenderness.

I replay the distance,
in search of a sign
of a hand that will break this mending heart of mine.

I look at you with hope that you'll be ready this time,
to throw away the questions and put your hand in mine.

You hold me as though tomorrow will never come.
And in this moment


I try to forget
that I'm just as scared
as you.



-Melanie Hamblin