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    To Philly. From NY, With Love

    I told you that on my worst days

    I would watch the sun rise and set

    For only moments of joy at a time


    That I could sustain my sanity for hours

    On 5 minutes of peace


    You’ve sent me a picture of the sun in motion most days since

    With out words,

    Said, “I don’t know if today was mountain

    Or molehill,

    But either way

    I want to make sure that you don’t miss your favorite part.”



    Waking up in New York feels like dead center of 12 hours

    That the best parts have me strung between them

    Then I pack the last of my breath into a front seat

    And drive into the sun


    Until I am home.

    Until suburb

    Turns highway

    Turns your arms

    And I can let my breath go


    You have loved very few things more than the city you were born into

    And you have loved me in it

    Shared every favorite place

    Every block, a story

    Every stoplight, a sweaty palm

    Every bridge, a forehead kiss


    I have never felt allegiance to a city

    Never felt rooted to concrete enough to stay,

    Only a fear of leaving

    Only an open window to keep my calm safe


    But if I can have a moment

    Your hand on my chest,

    My heart steady

    If loving you outside state lines

    Feels a lot like chasing the sun


    I can sit still sometimes

    Blink into a pink sky

    And exhale

    And exhale

    Images: Via my better half 

    Lindsay Young
    Lindsay Young

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