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Too Soon


Friend of my youth,
mainstay of my best years,
soon to be my betrayer.
How daunting is the thought of your departure!

Commonsense says
turn away;
cut the knot,
lean on less ephemeral friends.

But who am I without you?

Decades of:
validation
adoration
fastidious cultivation of this relation,
which made me raise my chin with confidence
because you were by my side.

How could I leave you before it’s time?

Instead I cling to you
with the intensity of a drowning man
who thinks he cannot swim.

Oh, I could be too clever,
learn to find my own way
in the dark;
lean on truer truths
and teach myself to be strong.
But not yet. Not now.

I will whisper incantations
while I rouge my cheeks
and my pat my coiffure into place.
Then I will take your hand
and beg you let me eat of the apple
all the days of my life.

This is a Three Word Wednesday post.

5 comments:

Sheilagh Lee said...

Sometimes no matter how much it hurts you have to break ties with someone who hurts you and when you start to look back at that friendship you find they weren't the friend you thought they were

October 16, 2013 at 3:07 PM
Laurie Kolp said...

It can be so hard to let go of unhealthy relationships.

October 16, 2013 at 4:33 PM
Jae Rose said...

When we know the time..we know it..the last lines are a powerful lingering plea..

October 17, 2013 at 1:17 PM
Alice Audrey said...

What happened to the validation
adoration fastidious cultivation of this relation? That can make up for a lot.

October 17, 2013 at 1:43 PM
tealverses said...

I am going through something similar. Its better that the gunk of life makes its exit from our lives rather than stay and rot it further.

October 19, 2013 at 5:23 AM