i hope i never have to
watch you becoming
crosses on a calender.
i hope for palindromes
(that things go back and forth)
i hope fall comes and goes
that we never get to Further North
i hope to come home
to find your clothes on my floor
i know we both lay on our fault lines
but i hope our reach
can bridge the great divides
i hope to know but
for now think we can
or else i'll add your name
to the list of also-rans
and then learn to live without you
but i hope i never have to.