a broken mug.
a shattered piece of pottery lying in a puddle of three hour old coffee
(black with two sugars, just the way you like it).
that was the last straw for you.
the end of us.
i didn't mean to knock it over.
i was just trying to move my easel,
but in the process the handle got caught and your cup went flying.
against the door frame it hit,
the thundering smash amplified in my horror.
it was like watching a trainwreck in slow motion.
i quickly tried to clean it up,
but as i heard your footsteps going down the stairs i could feel my heart sink.
when you entered the look on your face made me freeze in my tracks.
the twisted rage in your eyes was enough to send me cowering.
apologizing was my only strategy,
wails of "i'm sorry!" rang through the house.
you raised your hand to strike me,
and i waited...
but nothing came.
you stood above me, as powerful as a hurricane, but you did not move.
instead you opened your mouth.
every hurtful thing you could think of came spewing out,
digging up incidents from months ago,
you knew exactly what would tear me to pieces.
i sat there taking it all in,
hoping that you'd let it all out.
but every word that seeped through your teeth was a slash to my heart;
i think i would have rather had the fist.
and then the worst thing you could've said-
just like that you were storming out of the house, grabbing your things.
i was crying and pleading, begging you to stay,
but you were gone.
i watched you get in your car and drive away.
another broken relationship.
you left me crumbled on the ground sobbing, only one thought running through my mind.
"it was just a mug."
inspired by the museum of broken relationships, this is how my last relationship ended.