You were worried the cliffs would kill me. “I promise I won’t go in the cave.”
Saw fear in your eyes and left you with your cell phone to manage our escape.
Looked down at my first sea urchin, and I wondered about your word for it.
I figured it’s just a hedgehog who lives on the ocean’s jagged edge.
A stone with your first initial. You’d told me why not to take the stones.
Thought maybe this one was special enough to mean, “Sorry for leaving you alone.”
I tilted my head and took in L’aiguille d’Étretat, all yellow and red in the day’s end,
the sweetness all gone without you. I told you just ten minutes.
I didn’t account for walking back. Ran over reflected sunset
and you calling to me to please not run.
I should have said I was sorry, walked with you, and shut my baby face.
But I wanted your smile back so bad, I said
“ich habe einen Seeigel gesehen”
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