I want to stay forever
talking to your shoulder
but only because I know you’re going
and all the things I miss seem so far away
I want to throw a fit when you let go
and beg and plead for you to stay
then I remember I’m supposed to be an adult
and so I let go first and turn to some mindless task
because it’s easier to leave than to be left
it’s hard to say the right things
without being taken the wrong way
it’s not fair of me to share these thoughts
everything is about balance
I need to learn to stand on my own
and not be so affected by the world around me
but I’d rather stay for now, and talk to your shoulder
and watch you do things I’ve seen you do a hundred times before
and be amazed at your skill
and at home in your hug.

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