The morning started heavy.
Words unspoken gave him a false hope.
His breath arrested dry as
I heard it sharp and saw the sky
Leave his eyes.
The way we trekked to the kitchen
Mimicked a march down a cellar.
I placed him, like clay, at our grey wood table.
He cupped the coffee I gave, like an elixir,
The body slightly folding with a sip.
The caffeine chased the numbness in his blood.