for you,
i would lay unashamed beneath your blanket
and refuse to be startled as you kissed my skin
with loving lips.

i would reveal every vulnerability,
and let velvet tears crawl across my cheeks
just to feel your hands again,
chasing them away and whispering reassurances
while i caved,
and let a stream of defenselessness
fall from the corners of my lips.

for you,
i would cry or kill or die
just to make you
stay.