Parting: Two Views

“You could not find a place in your heart / A place in your life for one such as me.”

Image:  Marcus Stone’s The Parting by the River

I.  at the bus station

as you you walk away
i feel my heart beat.
almost drop my suitcase
on the concrete.
this heart beats for you
without your answer
even without your questions

you walk away
to go build some bridge
over the river of your memories.
i stand here
watching you go.
emptying my mind
into a canyon of loneliness

II.  At the Airport

You drive away—my heart beats faster.
Just a moment ago I did not notice
This breaking heart that would drop to its knees
Only to lose itself in the concrete.

You are already out of sight—what did I ask for
But the gift of friendship?  You had no answer.
You could not find a place in your heart
A place in your life for one such as me.

The bridge you build must be a sturdy one
To expand over the loneliness you claim to own. 
Your ego-claim on words that belong
To everyone, not just braggarts and scofflaws—

I empty my mind— calm my heart and breath
And walk to the airplane.


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