Even if Death does not steal those you love,
Time slowly inserts wedges between lives,
Driving people further apart
Time deadens the ache you feel for friends.
It numbs the pain of missing them.
Time gives you certain experiences
That are not shared with those far away.
Time hands you moment after moment
Until your hands are overflowing with seconds,
So that you must drop some memories, cut some ties,
To hold them all.
But that is just the nature of time-
It moves ever on.
So do people.
One by one, birds fly away.
It is not in their nature to stay.
Something broke inside me
as I sat on that couch
in the dark
and you stood in the doorway,
light behind you
so I couldn’t make out your face
Something broke in me
and I’m not sure it’s fixed yet
I asked you not to leave
And you hesitated
hand on the latch
You stayed, but we were still broken
and words wouldn’t come to fix us
You stayed, until you finally left
and the tension was a wall between us
that kept my arms from wrapping around you
and kept your eyes from mine
You left, and the darkness stayed with me on the couch
And it wasn’t until days later
that I felt it, sharp and ragged,
even though we were fine
And I was afraid, because
that broken part inside me
didn’t just mend on its own this time