After years of sleeping together, I still love to stay up late
after you’ve passed into sleep
so I can hear you say things
you would never repeat
when awake.
It’s like loving two people, each
distinct and beautiful, as night from day
as you from me, all of us together forming
a continuous grace.

But I’m also addicted to books. And I know there has never been a human being or a television show, no matter how great, that could measure up to a great book.

I didn’t know what to do or say, so I just sat as quietly as he did. The silence got so big and real that it felt like three people sat on the porch.

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