I knew you before this.

We used to do this, before…

Rewinding days, jobs, marriage, our kids,

Rewind childhood, parents fighting, rewind

First Christmas, rewind hospital, and birth

And blood, and darkness, voices, jostling,


Rewind quiet, the kind of quiet you don’t notice,

The kind of deep darkness you can see through,

I knew you there.

Rewind bright white light.

Rewind hushed voices.

Rewind crying and gathering,

Last deep issuances,

Rewind a lifetime of Saturdays, taking garbage out, making breakfast,

reading a book.

Rewind old age, rewind middle age,

I knew you then.  I chose you.  I married you.  I loved you then.

And the time before that.

And before that…


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