Photo by Brennen Bariso / North by Northwestern

we've been here before, i think
all of our atoms pressed together
fused in the way physical things can never get right
it's easy to get caught up in this.

i am handing you another clementine
we rip the innocent thing in half together,
orange pulp on your thumb, my thumb
there is almost something unholy about the way you have me
like the canopy and ribs of an umbrella
closing around its handle.

you believe that god could be omnipotent
or compassionate, but not both
at least you believe in consistency
your name a synonym for necessity
have you thought about being something bigger than what we are?