I like the way

you say my name,

like you think it's too delicate

to be tossed around as if it were

just another word, even though it is.

I like the way

you say the syllables

and suddenly they mean

more than if they were

just any other sounds, even though they are.

I like the way

you say it

right before you say you love me

but not before

just anything, even though you could.

I like the way

you say my name

and I feel

like I wouldn't be anybody else,

just myself, even if I had a choice.