A story isn’t a story without the beginning. A beginning that told us from the start that there was an end, An end so near that we were not ready. I was afraid of the cliffhanger that approached quicker than a rolling thunderstorm, A storm that looked only of dark skies with hopes of a drizzle, Not a flood. Our passion died like the fire within that storm, The drizzle that turned from a downpour into a flood warning into a whirling tornado of unhappiness. My dear, I wish I could say we were the storm but I was the rain and you were the fire but the thing was, You saw me coming. You saw the storm and the rain yet you lit yourself upon a dry Sahara of promises and the secret I do’s we whispered to each other during the night. That dry, crackled earth turned soft and squishy from the waves of turmoil that rained down onto the surface, The fire doused with remorse over a lost lover. You weren’t dead, You just left without saying goodbye. The ****** was nothing of a ****** but a steady decline of I love you’s to, “Have a good life,” To barely talking, To trailing down a hill to the very end of our story, Regret. I regret everything but you, my darling. The damp earth will grow again and while I may remember the dry Sahara, I will grow a rainforest of color without you in it.