for the dance in the lightning storm;
the blowing wind that chilled summer skin
and placed my hair in your eyes.
for meeting my gaze with kindness,
laughing at my redundant jokes, and
singing along with me to the radio.
for learning the words to my favorite song.
for the drink on the porch
after everyone else was gone,
for the last cigarette in your pack
and the honest conversation
long after the hour of reason
when our lips say things
our minds have long hidden.
for the reminiscence,
for just a little while, for just one night,
of precious moments long lost
to the whirl of the wind,
while the sky’s electricity screams.
for remembering me.
for making me
feel as though I am still loved.
for releasing your grip,
for letting time and space work their magic to heal
the wounds you dug into me. Thank you
for letting me go.
“Thank You” is previously published in The Fall of a Sparrow (2014).