Shift in Silence

We used to talk for hours
with the occasional silence
ending in giggles because
we both knew the other
was thinking about our love.

But now we force ourselves
to converse for an hour
filled with snippets of words,
building tensions and
silences consumed with doubts.

We analyze our every next word,
plotting our moves,
trying not to strike a mine
and cause our love to
explode into a million pieces.