Patience

he
never asked
could tell the answer
from the unspoken bundles
of syllables
lying on my tongue

he
could taste them
and did so
should a sigh
of awakening
have left my lips
begging carefully

made me
overrule
those fears clawed
to my insides
the icicles sticking
along my spine

I
began to move again
blood rushed to head
to toes to fingertips
draining me of this
paralysis growing with angry
consistency in my heart
beat
and the cold gnawing memories
began to melt away
while this slow simmering
crackle
burned deep
inside of me.

 

KH