we're in separate time
zones tonight, for
the first time in
months (longer, even).
i keep noticing all
the small things
about your absence,

like how it takes me
that much longer to
fall asleep without
you next to me, and
how i always think
you're there in those
first few hazy seconds,

the brief moments
before consciousness
kicks in (a dream; a
promise. this bed is
infinitely bigger
without you.)