Let me tell you now
how much I will miss you.
Let me not spend another moment
alive on this earth with words unspoken.
Let me not wait until you are gone, as I’ve waited with so many now lost, and narrowed my eyes as withered chances blew past my flushed cheeks, lifted by a sudden wind, leaves in a wheelbarrow, carried back to the place where only a moment before, I gathered them.
As if I were trying to perform a task far too large for me,
something to test the bounds
of my mortal endurance.