Don't Pull Away

Don’t Pull AwayI noticed over the yearsthat saying goodbyeis painfulthat nothing is ever guaranteedyet I would run from itwith armfuls of airdetermined not to give in to itthe universe was assembledand nothing would ever changenothing would change that simpleorchestration.Yet people dieand so do dreamswhile hope lingers like a severed limbdon’t pull away until the blackhas numbed your fingers.The body shrinks as do the hallsof all the schools we called our homesthe white haired faces of our mothersand fatherslook down into our owndon’t pull from life or deathor a simple hug too soon.She used to come up to my shouldernow she just makes it up to my chestand I have to bend down slowlyto gently press her there.I’ve seen her still jump up on tablesI’ve seen her shimmy up the stairsand to now think of her as brittleis a foriegn thought I can’t wrap around.I tried to pull awayand I noticed she wasn’t finishedso I stayed there for a momentagainst all of my learned instinctsand I knew that they’d been wrongthat what I’d really learned to dois to pull away from peopleyou loved too dearly. to have to lose.What do you giveto those who have given you everythinga velvet robe a coin with their birth yeara box of birthday cards a book of stamps.Don’t pull awaythough it may be painfulunlearn and then learn againwhat made you love them allfrom the beginning..

Don't Pull Away

bill bell

Everett, United States

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