I touch him

a hard crust

of hair on his face

He thinks

He's the center

of this world

but maybe so do I

I hold his hand

because I know

He needs it

He looks at me

like He's been

waiting his whole life

I close my eyes

and ask

if this is right

He lets out

a last gasp

He thinks

He's been here

before

I raise my voice

He knows

what's coming

He puts his

hand

on my lips

and

He disappears

into

nothing