With You

With you, affection adorns my body
The ears turn red
The old earring recollects its shine
The sour apple is suddenly sweet
“See you later” sounds like “stay longer”

I sit with myself
But see you everywhere
In the wide, green trees and the deep, blue sky
You’re in me and everything that exists

Life is easy
With you
Even the darkest days have a sunny, soft, inarticulate warmth

With you, I learn the meaning of desire
I dwell less, laugh more, absorb the music
The safety makes me feel light headed
I look forward to life and the forgotten pleasure of living.

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Rochi is a full-time writer for fancy tech companies. In her free time, she writes her newsletter and reads fiction.

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