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He thinks she is beautiful
No matter what she’s wearing
Even if she’s been in those same clothes
Since Tuesday
She thinks he is fun to be with
Even when he’s arguing
Because he’s had too much caffeine
To see straight

They are so in love
You will roll your eyes

She will always talk to strangers
Charms the pants off anyone
Who meets her
Even if they don’t speak English
He can sit alone for hours
Playing with the dog
Or reading articles
On why the moon looks yellow

How they fit so well
Is a mystery

But they have what I wish for you
Dry your tears; he’s not the one who will

Love you in the morning when your eyes
Are crusted shut with sleep
And kiss your nose in wonder
That he’s found you
And you will love the freckles
Clumped in threes along his neck
And think he smells terrific
Even when he’s sweating

He won’t start a fight just to try to win

Stay your perfect broken self
He will meet you as you are

And the sparks will fly, or maybe not
It could be awkward
You may not be instantly agog
Like in the movies
But kindnesses will pile up
And soon enough he’ll crave your laugh
And you’ll adore the frown lines
On his forehead

When we see you kiss
We will roll our eyes

You will make popcorn on Fridays
And stay in


from The Hour Before, released April 21, 2015



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