Rose Petals

He brushes that little hair back
Behind her ear again,
The one that always falls 
Over her left cheek.

He whispers in her ear,
“Say my name
So I can know how it sounds.”

She looks into his eyes with such longing.
She goes to speak,
But the words fall unheard.

“How can I love you,”
She beckons,
“If you’re locked inside your head?”

“Write your name in my heart.”

She wants to understand;
She wants to see his face,
Feel the stark roughness of his hands.

She stares, 
Time no longer matters;
He doesn’t mind waiting.

“Okay,” she says.

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