she said she needed a valley

She said she needed a valley
to put her memories in.
I gave her a closet
and she gave me two drawers
in the dresser that had enough room
for some black socks.

She said she needed an ocean
to swim under and drown out the world.
I gave her a bathtub
in a single room apartment
with a sheet of polyurethane
for a shower curtain.

I sat on the toilet
and described shadows
on the wall.