Figure Study: The Lover

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He was a competitive runner,

and the one time you met him

he had just finished a triathlon.

By then, she had told you the

story

behind the photo. His favorite

of her,

it was taken in the dim, human

light

of hungover evening, after she

had

just finished crying in her

apartment stairwell

and he said, you look so

beautiful

even now, especially now.

And then that breath, that

sentence,

that night-almost-morning,

that once-bottled world—

it did not hover long in the air,

moth-like,

as most do.

~Nathan B.

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