The poem is structured in five, three-line stanzas. Most of the lines have five beats or stresses, though not in a strict metrical pattern, and there is no use of end rhyme. There is enjambment between some lines and between stanzas one and two, and four and five. All of this contributes to the sense of normal speech patterns, which links to the idea that the poem is about two ordinary, separate but connected lives.
Dooley uses everyday language to convey the sense of ordinary lives, though with some striking figurative language which helps us connect with the emotions in the poem.