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I know that forever doesn't exist
much to the dismay of cross-bearing
establishments
and the taxpayers in Happily Ever After
but I would have given at least one third
of the days I've already suffered
without you
to spend one forever in your arms
I won't get greedy
I don't need two forevers or three or infinity
a bound set of numbers will not do
and infinity, like forever, is bracketed by
two empty vats of nothingness
(although some may disagree
but I know you don't)
so I will take just one forever, please
as long as it is in your bed
and our lips do that thing
where they cease to be two sets of lips
and I can no longer distinguish between
the nothingness and the somethingness
and in our mouths
is a little infinity
just one, no more
until death
or nothingness,
whichever comes first

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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