Gabby Mbeki

on lonely nights when i’m left wondering what your life is now.
our last exchange over apple pie still stands out
no one has pushed it out to nothing
you square glances between your loved ones and me
it’s kept there, giving what existed a place to be
as if that life still is in another universe beyond us,
outside of us
i wonder if i am happy there,
is my belly full, and my laughter loud?
do i stare at you when you sleep,
as you lay your head against my chest?
the close I come to this
is tapping the heart and hoping it alerts you.

- Gabby Mbeki

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