Please (Ne Me Quitte Pas)
don't
keep sinking into
bathroom tiles scrubbed
till your finger bleed. don't
keep soaking cold into
your bones: disjointed.

don't
run under the window sill cast
in cloudy afternoon shade;
just let the drizzle
fall
fall
fall
down again

(i promise, i promise
your clothes will dry)

close your eyes, and in
the dark daubed in their
hollows, listen for the birds:
whistle along to remember
when you could fly too
(braid a feather in your hair).

when you can't
hear the song: hold
your breath, hold it in
your head to drown out
the rain.

don't let this be your lullaby.
please.