Friday, November 29, 2013

Ink-Stained Secrets

Every word I write
must be typed or written
in ball point pen.
No. 2 pencils
or automatic
I can gnaw the erasers
off of
will do.

Ink-stained regret
that doesn't wash out
with the next wash
is the kind of permanence
I need
when I write
the words
'I love you'.

Words I can't take back
and will never want to
no matter how little
you deserve them.

I write them in a note
that I fold into fours
and light on fire.
Just because
I love you,
it doesn't mean
you have to know. 

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