Passage of Time

 

Weeks slid by before I realizedbutterfly

you were slipping out of my life.
I didn’t know what I’d done,

your non-answers slid

and caromed against walls.

I dangled book sales and lunch dates,

jaunts we’d enjoyed together,

but the distance between us

stretched like a rubber snake.

In silence you slid

away through the grass

leaving no sign of your passage.

Only later, when I’d wished you

a silent farewell and released

my tug on your heart

did I recognize that the day you spilled

all the agony that heart held

was the day I suddenly knew too much

and you started to leave.

 

About the Author

Patricia Wellingham-Jones is a former psychology researcher and writer/editor with an interest in healing writing and the benefits of writing and reading work together. Widely published in poetry and nonfiction, she writes for the review department of Recovering the Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing and has ten chapbooks of poetry published.

 

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