Because of Reasons

by Sabrina Sanchez

 

Because it’s him

Because it’s you

 

Because of the way his jaw curves in a hard line

Because of the way you wrinkle your nose when you laugh

 

Because he likes to keep the window open at night

Because you can’t sleep under the bed sheet

 

Because a Star of David hangs from his neck

Because you gave up on faith long ago

 

Because he can never find the words

Because you always have too many

 

Because a cowlick sits at the base of his head

Because the birthmark on your arm looks like a teardrop

 

Because he tastes like mango

Because you’re really craving mango

 

Because his fingers drum the rhythm of every song

Because you hum without even realizing

 

Because he smells like Christmas at your parents’

Because you smell like your lavender soap

 

Because he always gets his eight hours of sleep

Because you stay up till sunrise without meaning to

 

Because the calluses on his fingers feel rough against your skin

Because the dimples on your lower back give him a reason to live

 

Because he thinks he might love you

Because you’ll never admit you love him

 

Because it’s him

Because it’s you


Thumbnail image by Sabrina Sanchez.