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I Shouldn’t Have To Tell Him

person walking up stairs

It’s too easy to tell him how I’m feeling.
I want him
to know me like the staircase
he’s climbed since he was six,
each crack, creak, and bend
he knows to side step.
I want him
to know me like that, to
memorize each birthmark
or bruise. To tiptoe, treat me
with tenderness. But trust me
with each strong step.
It’s too easy to tell him what I need.
I want him
to know the parts of me
where the carpet is worn
and the places where the banister
is polished and new.
To me, love is a path
traveled on. Familiar.
And I shouldn’t have to tell him
how to get home.

Featured Image Credit: Heidi Sandstrom

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Marisa Donnelly, M.Ed., is a writer/editor, credentialed teacher, proud bonus mama, and CEO of Be A Light Collective, a coaching and content creation business and digital marketplace. She is the Director of Donnelly’s Daily Apple, a flexible learning/tutoring and educational resource platform, and the lead voice for Momish Moments and Step by Step Parents, verticals dedicated to sharing and advocating for non-traditional parenting journeys. Marisa currently resides in San Diego, California, with her fiancé, kiddo, and their two rambunctious Pitbulls. ❤️

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