Figure Study: The Lover


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


behind the photo. His favorite

of her,

it was taken in the dim, human


of hungover evening, after she


just finished crying in her

apartment stairwell

and he said, you look so


even now, especially now.

And then that breath, that


that night-almost-morning,

that once-bottled world—

it did not hover long in the air,


as most do.

~Nathan B.

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