dancing around the L word

we’re talking through the night
the sun grows out of dark
we’re not fighting
but at one point I’m in tears
from fear that it’s over
then I cry with relief and joy
when I find that it isn’t
the birds are getting louder outside
the beer goes down
we both love each other
but we’re too afraid to say so
“I love you”
how hard should it be to say
sleep creeps on my body
tries to take me over
but we’re still talking
about not being in love
with each other
the beer is running dry
the day beats on the window
body insists that sleep is on its way
we make pledges and vows
telling one another
we are for one another
dancing around the letter L
still not surrendering
still stubborn
but still not wasting time

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