You Are Here

You are here, at the cusp of adulthood, the key is in your hand for 21C Autumn Lodge.
He is there, teetering on the edge of maturity in an adult body, a coffee in hand, a dog by his side and the world on his tongue.
For the love category of the Christmas Competition 2017

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21. Go

 

Go.

this is it

And the feeling in your chest

is on the verge of exploding.

 

The presents have been sent off

Down the road which used

To be where your childhood lay.

 

There is nothing else to do but be with him

Because you don't know a life without

The man who is the strongest

Human you ever knew.

 

It brings you to today,

The night before Christmas

Your first without

Your old family

And it is the tide that knocks you sideways

But one that you never want to truly leave.

 

You want to be swept up by it

and so you let yourself be

because he is who he is.

 

You’re in your apartment with him

And a cauldron of hot chocolate sits between you

And him.

 

Apollo is curled up beside him,

His head just reaching over to you.

You read a book of poetry

Aloud

About fairy tales

And love

And magic.

 

Your voice sounds like a void to you,

Not enough to go between the both of you,

Too feeble to be yours.

 

But to him you think that it will sound like a giants

Something to wake the feeling in your chest up

To shout into the snow filled world.

 

This is your world,

both yours and his

And your voice halts

As you can’t deny it any further.

“Do you want to open our presents now?”

You ask

 As he looks at you like an open road.

 

He looks quizzical

But he nods

Because he can’t deny you either.

 

He hands you something book shaped

And you hand him something book shaped.

 

He opens his,

The crinkled man

Dissolved into

A man.

 

It is the book that you bought the first time,

The book that brought you two each other

More than a coffee shop ever could.

 

He hands you the second book in the series,

And now it is not a borrowed sin

To dissolve into the magic of another universe,

It is a blessing.

 

You are a snow child

dissolved

into 

an adult.

 

You both smile

And the words come tumbling out.

 

Three words in three strings. 

 

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