you know they love you if they take your picture while you’re sleeping.
i take pictures because i feel like i understand things that way
if i feel i understand you even while you’re sleeping i must really feel it
so i may love you
maybe it’s any picture where they’re not looking
maybe it’s any picture
i can be very suspicious like love is
i have pictures of you sleeping and freshly awake
of you mid-gait and seated
of you in palm desert and at balboa park
and on the bay bridge and in argentina
in my room in michigan in your room in glen park
with your hand in front of your face
and a mouth full of salad on bancroft avenue
i don’t mind if this isn’t convincing
i dream your tongue back in me every night
Published online March 15 2016.
Kayla Krut is an MFA candidate at the Zell Writers’ Program at University of Michigan. Her work has recently appeared in NEAT Magazine, the Berkeley Poetry Review, and the Brooklyn Review. She is from California.