I was being reckless
asking about everything
there was no story
I did not want to hear
no detail too insignificant

you were being cautious
uncertain of my intent
wary of where
the questions would lead

we spoke for hours
and I started asking
fewer and fewer questions
as you began adding
more and more details

a mere two days later
it took only one question
to begin a meandering tale
spanning many years and countries
that ended with us both sitting here
silent and in tears