on the rocks by the river

remember that night

on the rocks by the river?

i couldn’t keep my hands

off of your hair

and you couldn’t keep

anything

i could smell the honeysuckle

which always makes me feel

so young and bare

and there was an innocence

to both of us

we could have dipped our feet

in the water that night

but we didn’t

we just splashed around in the air

there was something desperate

both of us begging

without knowing what

we were begging for

i have never been held that tightly before

everything was so truthful there

on the rocks by the river

that night.

–leah ruthe

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