At first
In disbelief, I was
Surprised, shocked, stunned
You dropped off my radar
Just like that

No explanation
No easy answer
The sound of a page turning

I waited like one who waits in hope
Kept your things for you
Dared to call you
But only once

You were not there
Or were there, but were not there
Doesn’t matter

Funny how something that might have begun
Something between us that would have helped us
Weather each others storms
Abandoned before it grew into life
Before it grew into love
Before it grew into a problem for you

But they were watching you
The old ones
And the family
Your every move
Calculated or not
Recorded, noted, explained

And you caved in to them
You reigned yourself in
Before we could ever ride somewhere
Freed for awhile at least
From society’s constraints
Comments, judgments, gossips

Without ever telling me goodbye
Your silence shouted that
Just like that
You turned the page
Leaving me as another chapter finished
On to the next book

But I remember who I am again
Knowing you were icing on an unfinished cake
I can see again where I was blind before
The earth and moon speak to me again

Was it God that kept me from you?
Or God that kept you…from me??

My true soul mate is waiting
Nature abhors a vacuum
Put me back on the shelf where you found me
He is looking for me now……


Trish Cooper

Bloomington, United States

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