I said I love you,
you hesitated and said,

You explained a minute later
that you were still thinking
about the last thing we were discussing

You didn’t mean to leave
a big pause after what I said,
and I understand

You didn’t mean to hurt me
That pause stretched
out and I saw myself in the mirror

Stretch marks don’t go away
as easy as I understand
an explanation

Explanations don’t erase
experiences, do you see?
I still love you