He Wishes For the Cloths of Heaven by W.B. Yeats
When one falls hard,
(At least in Mandarin)
“You crashed down like a dog eating shit.”
Well, I crashed down hard
Much akin to a canine consuming feces-
I crashed down hard
Like a massive crap asteroid,
Maybe ate some shit,
I didn’t know that “x” was more than a letter
Until you wrote it at the end of the message you sent.
I didn’t know it didn’t mean rejection.
It was the beginning of the close,
Rather than termination that you click at the edges of windows.
I didn’t know that “x” could mean kisses on your neck
Which held an ambiguous pretence between love and friendship
How many “x”s meant a more passionate affair?
A kiss on the cheeks?
Or a kiss on the lips?
I thought that “x” was an indication of sufficiency.
A clear answer of yes or “no”
Your “x” was a scream
It was a scream of “yes, yes”
“I want you here”
And suddenly, I was more than enough for myself too.
Yet I did know that “x” was the key element in excitement and expectations
Expressions of love,
Expositions of mental dimensions
Yet it had a crossing point
That we could never quite reach
Extinguishing any previous passion that was already discrete.
Our paths were aligned
But we did not really ever meet each other half way exactly.
I waited on an axis,
Waiting for you,
“X” was negation once more.
“X” meant the past
I awaited on that axis,
Growing increasingly bored
Starting to predict realistically what was in store,
So I jumped back into what all those “x”s used to mean
Before you typed a simple gesture.
Before you showed me an entrance
That was also
An exit door.