5 O’Clock Shadow

I found myself falling in love with his 5 o’clock shadow,

those careless moments when his shirt came untucked

and the humor in his voice had died down.


I liked the way that he looked all worn out,

those hours when his breath of life

was replaced with a heavy sigh.


It is always a delight when his energy levels ran high

but it was moments like these,

when reality devoured his beautiful soul,

that I knew I was needed-

and I wanted him to need me more.


I fell in love with the fragments that I could mend

while he fell in love with my whole existence.


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