Inhale four

“Inhale four and hold for four, and then exhale eight”,
He says to me when I can’t sleep– his ever-anxious date.

I rest my head down on his chest and listen to his heart
Each perfect beat a cartoon sheep I’m counting in the dark.

He puts his arm around me and his fingers stroke my hair.
Without a word he tells me that I’m safe and he is there.

[27/12/18]

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