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We did not know

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we did not know

when you woke me

red lips on skin


that the breath

escaping into my ear

was almost your last


my mouth

on your shoulder

and down



lost together

one last time


at dusk my shadow

alternating red and blue

strobes against our home


family and strangers

come and go

I understand


you had fled

and discarded yourself

for me to find







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