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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