the first night we linked arms you asked about India, about going with the clothes on our backs, becoming expert travelers
the first night we linked arms you talked about Macchu Piccu, Lima, Peru I tried to imagine bronzed skin tones & smiling faces the gentle handshakes of old men with playful half-moon wrinkles housing Cuban cigars, drunken men kissing the strawberry-colored lips of old wives and girlfriends for generations
I tried to imagine myself inside Frankfurt, Heathrow, Paris in the morning a bar full of wanderers and drunks in Amsterdam a desolate patch of sand clinging to the Caspian
that first night we linked arms you asked about Asia, Egypt, Lebanon I tried to imagine the Taj Mahal I tried to imagine sliding my fingers alongside the Great Wall
but I didn’t tell you I’ve been traveling my whole life, observing the natives my whole life, listening to the language my whole life.
that first night we linked arms I practiced saying my goodbyes.
but I rarely come downstairs, see, the world is not my oyster no, the world is not mine at all. my passport rests inside an imaginary chest, rots inside an invisible room while your fingers flip through photographs & dreams, and the lost cities you still carry inside the palms of your hands.
the first night we linked arms I tried to imagine myself lost with purpose but I am tired of being a tree planted without roots while you seek rootlessness