I wish it wasn’t awkward to be honest.
I wish it wasn’t. I wish words were fingers.
I wish the world was this forgiving space
where feelings aren’t strange.
I wish I could tell you how I ran from mirrors.
How at twenty-one I watched my grandmother
beg to breathe her last.
Her last words to me were to take care
of a man we both loved, and couldn’t–
though we tried.
I wish I could tell you how I cried
when I finally looked at his picture
and saw my face. I promised her,
“I will be everything he wasn’t,
and everything he should have been.”
I wish I could tell you how I live every day
trying to be the man you couldn’t be.
I wish I could tell you how I miss a man
you never were. I still run from mirrors.
They remind me how beautiful you could have been.
When your tongue can’t wrap itself around words I’ve known since I was ten,
I die inside. I used to hate you.
Now I wish it wasn’t so hard to hold you,
or kiss your cheek. I wish I could be more grateful
that you are still here. That you still text me
with your broken speech and bad syntax.
I wish it didn’t take so much of me to text back.
I wish I could be enough for the both of us, and yet,
I wish I wasn’t so much of you, and
that you were more of me.