Today’s the Day I Learned You’d Died

Kindra M. Austin – Lover twice lost, and what of the other?

Kindra M. Austin

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And how do I save her? The one who loved you better.

The one you’d left with, leaving me behind. I’d be fine,

without you.

Never mind the breakdowns after

summer vacation was over—

we’d say goodbye for twelve years,

and it never got easier

for me.

You were always okay with sendoffs.

I’d cry.

You’d cry.

But not like I cried.

Not like she cried.

You’d take her away from me for twelve fucking years.

And how do I save her? The one who loved you better.

The one you’d taken. The one you took after summer vacation was over.

You’re never coming back, and that breaks my heart.

How do I save her? The one who loved you better.

Now I’m the one who’s better with sendoffs.

I’m just fine without you?


© Kindra M. Austin

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