When I catalogue my regrets
at the end of the day,
I won’t include the moments we spent sitting
at the small table in the living room.
The old-fashioned fire whistle,
remnant of summoning volunteers
across the town,
punctured our long silence —
you picked up your head only briefly
from the sea-blue magic marker
before returning to your work,
tongue pressed in concentration
against your cheek.
We laughed gently about
a pair of dogs we could see
through the window
and across the street
jostling in the slanted afternoon sun.
You asked me not to leave —
yet there was never any chance;
my movement only a reach to the floor
for the morning’s leftover mug and a
sip of luke-warm coffee.