once i loved you.

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i loved you in the curve

of your upper lip budding laugh lines

at the edge of your eyes.

 

i loved you in

the swell of your lower lip

against my own and in

the stories the pads of

your fingers murmured

lovingly along the expanse

of my hips and the scars

they found there.

 

i loved you

in the way you

stopped loving me.

in the curve of your lip

and lines at the edge

of your eyes

all turned down

on my every flaw.

 

in the way

your lower lip spun

around words that

strung me out;

in the way that

your fingertips fled from

my imperfections like

every part of me was

unholy and aflame

as if loving me

were sacrilegious.

 

and i love you now

in the way you found love again.

 

in cleaner arms than mine,

but love all the same.

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