you and the undying thought
go hand in hand
children in crime
partners in pursuit
tracking down that place
somewhere above the stomach
below the heart
and between my ribs.

so it's hard to breathe
when you flex your strength
still so affecting after all
I've done to forget the place
where you've curled up,
as though I'm your cave
your excuse to hibernate
even as the days slip away
you reside anyway.