This morning we embraced
through a kiss drenched in tears.
Surrounded by our life packed into boxes
we parted and said goodbye.
Tonight I returned and crossed the threshold
of the home that we once made.
As I stood within the hollow rooms
I fell to my knees and wept.
This is the sum of the parts of a life
that have been dismantled and taken away.
You have gone your way and I will go mine
and the echoes in these rooms will fade.
Your face is everywhere, your voice in the hall
as I wrap up the final details.
There is no record of the life that we shared
but the memories that will surely fade.
For five more days I will grieve by the grave
of the love that has been laid to rest.
Then I will leave this place and embark on my own
trying to move forward in spite of the past.
I didn’t want this, and I don’t want it now
these choices were not made by me.
So I’ll pick up my bags and my small array of things
and put one foot in front of the next.
I’ll pass through the door on the way out of our life
reaching out to open the next.
I’ll learn to walk again on my own
and one day this will just be the past.
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