Eventuality

Please, don’t come any closer

I cannot stand the thought of watching you vanish

Whether it be to wind, or to heat,

Or to my own mortal limitation

I know it sounds ridiculous

But I am terrified that this time, the separation will undo me

Despite the other countless times that it hasn’t

And the innumerable times that it won’t

It’s just that right now, in this moment,

It is all that I can know, and all that I can feel

So I cherish it as much as I fear it

And want for it either to be forever or to never be

Please, come no closer

The inevitability of all of this

Only further embitters my watching of it

Please, stay right there, in that gray sky, with the rest of yourself

benjam1@stolaf.edu

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