Hey you, hanging in the corner, sneaking down the stairs, I see you and now you know I see you but you’re still running those lines.
We should talk…
You know I love you –
Hey come back here.
I know you know what I’m going to say and now you know that I know you know, but you’re still running up these stairs.
Don’t pay no mind to the man standing next to me with that sneer on his face. He means no harm. His face just rests like that.
Technically he shouldn’t be here bc this, this thing between you and me, has nothing to do with him but there he is believing he’s protecting me.
Now you know I know there’s a man beside me, one who won’t leave my side no matter where I go no matter what I do.
I could tell you all the things he’s done since he arrived that saved my ass. I could tell you all the things I needed to be saved from. But you of all people know what bombs I’m trying to miss in this field.
You of all people know why he’s there. And now you know that I know.
If I take his hand in mine to slow his erratic pulse, will you stay just for a minute? Just long enough to look into his eyes.
You’re both here for a reason.
He won’t speak to you, but I know you know that looking into his eyes will unlock all you need from meeting him.
We could talk about what you will see when he’s not around, but, well, you know. So, take your time.
I know this feels like your place. You’ve had the key for years and even when I changed the locks, I made sure you had a copy, didn’t I?
Thank you. No, hey, don’t panic. I know you of all people, you who’ve been in this place to hear all of my goodbyes, know what it sounds like.
And you’re not ready. I know. And I gave all the others all the time they needed. I know. And I know you want me to tell you that you don’t need what I’ve given to the others because you’re different. And you are different. You’re unlike any of the others.
But you hate it when I lie to you so I never have. You do need some of what I’ve given the others. Not in the same way. Not the same measure. You need to allow yourself to receive what’s in my heart for you. This is for you and only you.
I could tell you that you’ll feel better after, that it will change your life in a good way, but you won’t hear that.
The promises I made you were bigger. You’ve heard them for more years. You of all people who have known me know that the promises I’ve made are possible. You know I could keep my promises and now you know I know you know.
I have something to tell you –
Oh come on, please just stay to hear me out. You’re not going far anyway. If I yell you’ll hear me no matter where you go.
What if I told you that I need my key back bc you just being here gives me totally away? That I can’t keep anything to myself until it’s the right time?
I want to do things differently.
Yes, with that guy.
No, don’t try to stop him from talking. You know he’s going to have feelings and opinions no matter what and you know they will come through anyway. Let him have his say. Don’t take it personally. He’s hurting.
Sorry, fuck, I wasn’t trying to… Please stay. Please keep talking.
Listen, I really wanted to read a fucking book right now but here I am, so can we please all take a deep breath.
Yes, I am going to kneel. You don’t own me. Please let us have a moment. We need a moment.
He will not say something that will change my mind. If he wanted to do that, he’d wait until you were working.
It’s okay, you didn’t cause anything. We’ll be okay. He’s a good guy. Just like you.
Do you see this box I just pulled from my heart and put on the floor between us? That’s for you. Pour it all into the box.
Hey, I know you don’t trust me. I know you think they fucked me up so wholly that I’ll never be able to make a decision on my own. I know you’ve watched them interfere. I know you believe you know better than I do.
But you can’t see the now me when you’re like this. You know how careless I’ve been. You’ve watched me make countless mistakes.
I’m stronger now. I’m more clear now.
I know. I know you’ll never believe me enough to trust me to lead you in the right direction.
But do you see that’s how they fucked with you?
Can you take these words into your heart, knowing my intentions are pure and always have been, even though I’ve made mistakes.
Now, after everything, I’m the only one who can lead you out of this place. Now, after everything, the only way either of us see the sun again unfettered by any roof is for you to take a leap of faith.
Stay here as long as you need to. All I ask is that you carry this empty box with you. And call me when you’ve filled it.
Of course I’ll be here if you need me.
Where else would I be? Would I leave you all alone?
Things are going to change, and I might not be able to keep those promises I made years ago, but I can promise something better now.
You have to take that leap to find out. This might hurt for a minute, but everything that comes after will be so much more than that pain.
Take your time. You don’t have to decide now.
I can’t answer all of your questions. I don’t know all of the answers.
You know I love you. That hasn’t changed. Not for twenty eight years.