If only there were something I could tell you,
That you don’t already know.
Like in the night we lie awake in a tent in the backyard,
Flashlights towards our faces.
We pretend to be scared, but giggle instead,
While parents sleep, in a room.
We are out there with the crickets and stars,
Sounds and brights fill up the space.
We are children in a wild short night of summer,
Tentatively committed to losing…this.
That’s what we tell each other in that airy encampment,
Pinky-swear we will never forget.
We imagine boys, girls, cars, the Beatles, and houses with sticky children,
And scrunch up our faces, like grandmas look.
Till we fall asleep, somehow, between the hoots of an owl,
And dream of a time before Adam’s silly rib.
Someone, maybe a kind but unruly God, or the Owl Himself,
Puts the little rib back where it belongs.
Though we sleep, we never really lose ourselves this night in Gemini,
My twin. We have a deal! To remember.
You are always a terrible liar, but a great pretender,
And promises we keep, with imaginary friends.
Remind me of this starry night where we make it all up,
Never-ending, as per our agreement.
Together, we are back in that night of freedom and audacious crickets,
Where we imagine, to make a world out there.
You tell me; did we ever? Were we ever?