when i say i miss you

when i say
    i miss you
it is not a coy goodbye
like a heart shaped period
at the end of my sentence
it is not something
i whisper out of habit
before hanging up the phone

when i say
    i miss you
i mean that
your absence is palpable
and painful
i mean that
when you’re not
within arms reach
i can think of nothing else
but your touch

when i say
    i miss you
i mean that
without you
my lungs find it hard to breathe
and my heart can’t keep a steady beat

when i say
     i miss you
i also mean that
     i want you
     i need you
     and
     i love you

 

April 3, 2017