The Things They Don’t Tell You You’ll Worry About

he’s never been in love
with you before

he’s never known
the way you curl your body to the wall
for comfort
rather than to the other body in the bed

he’s never seen your quiet
days of near silence
and barely audible insights
where he won’t hear your voice and you retreat
into your own world where he is not invited

he’s never seen your unmoving
crossed arms in the heat of an argument
and your one sided raised eyebrow
small tight mouth
unblinking coldness

he’s never been alone with your silence
dangling on a thread
a swinging pendulum

he’s never dealt with your poker playing emotions
kept shut tight
unless questioned out, bet against, the stakes raised

and you wonder if you should warn him

or if you won’t be like that with him.

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