Do you also listen for her?
Separated by a thousand miles
Listening for the familiar lilt
Of her footsteps on the hardwood floors of the hallway.
Will those steps be heavy and uncertain?
The staccato of the paranoid?
She kisses and hugs
And turns the corner and forgets to return
She tucks us in
And we awaken to the silence of her desertion.
Why have you forgotten us?
We who search for your love
In every relationship
We who found the mirrored pain
Imbricated in each other
And still could not heal
Through recognition, through empathy.
Words by Holly Shawhan
#badassbabe modeling is Kayla Savage wearing: