4 – can’t you spare a little missing?

The one who shares your bed went AWOL

 

for a time, so you reclaimed territory,

 

embraced her empty spaces,

 

shored up the boundaries again

 

for the border well-guarded against breach;

 

perhaps this late invasion is too much or

 

not enough to combat ghosts of battles

 

fought long before she went missing.

 

But look into her eyes when she returns,

 

wonder: who among you is more wounded?

 

Poem ©2019, Jen Payne. National Poetry Month #4 and NaPoWriMo poem. #NaPoWriMo. For more poetry by Jen Payne, purchase a copy of Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind! BUY THE BOOK TODAY!

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