they said they found
a body buried
beneath the dirt.

they found her
in the spot that i slept
when i had no other
place to sleep.

we slept together
and i dreamed of
pale white hands
caressing my face.

and i woke up, crying
out of loneliness
and when i was done
the dirt was still with me
and i was no longer my only.

i slept with the body
and in the dark,
she was my friend.