NaPoWriMo 2023 — Day 23: “Born of a Goodbye”

23. Born of a Goodbye

back in that room,
Florida oppression
holds down arms
while invisible misery
inches along clammy skin

last night’s secrets
were released over
a meadow,    a head laid
upon a lap, lips confessed

butterfly brushes
blushed cheeks,
& blueberry-tinged tongues
couldn’t stop interrupting

moon cycles conspired
to bring it all together,
clashing waves marked
the jagged rocks
& whispered the next
right thing to do

now in bed alone,
eyes gleaming with the
lightness of letting go,
she thinks of how
she was born of a goodbye

& it makes sense,
like the trustworthy tides —
everyone comes & goes,
& they all leave
a lingering ache behind

Image by Ryan McGuire from Pixabay

Published by Jennifer Patino


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