For Helen

Without you I would not be here. You saved my life when I was 17 years old. 23 years later you have saved me in a different way.

There was something in her voice I knew;

If I could make a bed with words-

Tattoo soft inscriptions around this body and hers

Fill up the duvet case and wrap it around

Sink slowly into my meaning

I would. There lies comfort in

A woman who can understand lyrics

Interpreting, slowly as I read

Not swerving to question

but leaning into my interpretation

Wrapping the words around her

as they slide off my tongue.

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