you're not going to read this, and why would you?*
it would be either
of me to expect even so much as a text;
as if our separation implies the ******* of a proverbial
Berlin Wall* between us,
where less than a week ago we were the same *country,
our landscapes of rolling hills,
could parse the ever-greened canopy,
phasing into one another seamlessly.
We may have been our own provinces,
but aside from small street signs declaring
Welcome to Jen
Welcome to Kyran...
aside from separate cognitive centers of self-government
your shock-blue eyes and fleek eyebrows,
my navy-blue irises and grey,
we were a willing confederation of persons,
In our past, and provisional separations,
it was your betrayal that pushed us both
into the doldrums of love-lost confusions
not that there would be much value
in assigning a blame
with hurt still attached,
because the point,
it seems to me,
was that we somehow made it through everything together.
There wasn't a personal adversity we didn't learn to conquer
---until I began to fade away from you--
lanky, thin, often broke, and depressed,
I cocooned myself in studies of the past and the present;
for some reason, despite my overwhelming love for you,
despite the unspoken commitment I had made
in my head
so long after your second infidelity
when I realized I was finally over it
and that I loved you more than I'd ever loved anyone before
--and in ways I never could have foreseen--
I fell back,
I essentially abandoned you.
After your impulsive infidelities,
when you admitted you hadn't been
nor were you in your
you promised you'd get better.
You saw councilors, therapists, psychiatrists,
and psychologists... and you did.
You really did get better.
You overcame all that had been pulling you so low and so far into the darker vicissitudes of irrationality.
And yet, when it came to my own faults,
inadequacies, and disengagement,
I lacked your courage.
I didn't even try to overcome them.
In my self-imposed screen-gazed solitude,
I often thought of how much I loved you;
of how I hoped you might just wait out my confused disengagement
like I forgave you for your betrayals which had,
in their times,
hollowed me out emotionally for months on end.
The thing is, you wouldn't have blamed me if I'd left you then.
You would have understood, and let me go,
regardless of the heavy pain in your solar plexus
and the hollow feeling in your heart.
Though it never came to that,
I now have the chance to do for you what you'd have done for me.
I don't blame you for leaving.
and regardless of this heavy pain in my solar plexus
and the perceptive hollowing of my heart,
I will watch you as you go,
I will wave,
I will live with the weight of regret and memory,
and remember what you wrote in a poem once
when we parted ways after your first infidelity.
Sitting in the university library, reading on Moses,
what went thru your head was
"closure feels more like i can go on without you, i’m glad i met you, however an emptiness drenched in self-regret will always remain."
(Bu Ert Jordin by Frida Bark--listen while reading for added effect.)