“I can hear your heart beat on the wrong side of your chest;
as if there is another one, right under your breast.”

“I was never any good at shielding my soft parts,
so I have spent a lifetime growing all these little hearts.”

“I feel as if you simply must have known me all my days;
you must be older than the stars, to know all of my ways.”

“I am tired of feeling old, of this life of dust and woe;
Can’t we just be young together, take our time to grow?”

and then you apologised and I shushed you with a smile:
“Shall we pretend to be optimists for a while?”