There is a gazebo somewhere

in the shade of the Pennsylvania forest.

Do you remember the summer
when we were so nervous

we tore up all the wood?

We got it stuck under our fingernails.

How do you touch someone softly

with splinters in your hands?

I wonder if you ever find wood

stuck between your teeth.

Do you swallow it? Does it hurt?

Does it make you bleed?

These days, I am finding it everywhere.

I unclogged the shower, 

only to find it was full

of wood.

There are pieces 

stuck in my throat

and behind my ears

and in my hair.

I hope whenever you get a splinter

you think of me.

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