this way or that, i love you

you’ve switched to coffee-
i mark my dates in
red ink (half-past 6)
etch a kiss and
stare-

say you love me, like
the series goes 2-4-8,
all resonant like French verbs,
blueberries, chocolates, and stars and
everything is something else altogether

this way or that

but sometimes i just can’t breath.
through the haze, i see
dead lacewings cluttering cages,
paintbrushes
and i find you a stranger
crippling me-

i skip attachments,
skip today, the next,
the next and i want to run
straight in the heart of a void.

refrain: i return.

everytime.
hang onto your sundew eyes.
it is always this way or that-
…………………i love you.

©Mohana Das

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