I feel like a place people go to bury the love
they don’t want anymore, to plant things they know
they don’t have the time
to tend to.
And I know that I am more
than the sum
of all the people who could not love me,
but I am always quick to forget this.
In my sorrow, every fresh goodbye sounds more like an “I told you so.”
I hear it in the sound
of my own voice.
You said “sometimes people aren’t running away
from you,
they’re running away from themselves.”
But it never feels like that.
I see your good shoes stuck in my muddy earth.
I see footprints
stretching out away from me
and nothing else.


31 thoughts on “stretching

  1. This is of a depth which on first reading is not sounded. I feel stimulated by this imagery. Yet without a good grounding nothing comes to fruition. Chris T.


  2. “…your good shoes stuck in my muddy earth”
    There is so much of beauty and sadness in this single line. Loved it. Just read a few pieces by you and already hooked. Following.

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  3. I have felt this in so much of my life. It’s a shitty feeling, but it really does say more about them than about you. Even if it doesn’t feel that way at the time, or maybe ever. hugs


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