Stillborn

I.

Back when you were beautiful
And falling in love was still
Easy –
I was young,
Too young to hold on to love and
Too old to remember
You from an old life.
We were once together
Under the stars
Above the world
Above care, sorrow, falsehoods …
We were
Two souls who loved, if not each other:
Someone.
We were two hearts, beating softly
Not thrumming like a drum as they do now,
Eager, overeager, for some tired, washed-up affair.
Back when I was strong
And you could dance me round without hurting
Me
I was young
Too young to not grab onto love
Too old to remember
Your smile from an old life.
We were young together once, and younger still, and still younger:
We were old together, maybe died together;
Maybe you were my lover,
Or maybe you were my brother,
Or my son
Or a stranger I passed on the street.
What if all strangers we meet
And look in the eye
And nod to –
What if they will be our next life’s debt?
What do we owe them?
What do I owe you?
And I wonder sometimes,
What do you owe me?
If old friends are the next life’s treasure,
What will we be to each other
One hundred years from now?

II.

There was a portrait on your piano
of you
I remember it because
I loved it,
I wanted it,
wanted to steal it and never
let it go.
Were there any photographs of me
you wanted?
I’ll give them all to you now,
now that they mean nothing.

Stillborn

lilynoelle

Detroit, United States

Artist's Description

A young woman can feel quite old when she reflects on lost love – and worse, love that never was. I feel very old tonight.

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