The people that we allow into our lives have the greatest potential to fill us with joy or hurt us most deeply. Transient passengers that zig and zag through our paths aren’t so invested in our lives to affect us when they disappear just as quickly as they appeared. But when people we love and share life with slip into oblivion without so much as a backward glance, the effect is gut wrenching. What did I do? What did I say? We start examining our character and replay the last moments together in our mind’s theater. A crushing blow at first, unexpected and painful, and never quite heals.
Your silence is deafening
Crushing me on all sides
rendering my lungs incapacitated
Squeezing the hemorrhaging heart inside my chest like a tourniquet
Cutting off the supply when
the bleeding stops
and runs dry
Until pinpricks of your memory prod the sinewy bandage of time.