poem: day after valentines

(116 words) 18 Feb. 2018

By S.R.A. Markin

she hugs me one last time
we say goodbye and goodnight
“push me away,” she said
i do
it wasn’t hard enough
“should i come back?” she said
“if you do, i will kiss you.”
she walks out the door
before it closes behind
she murmured,
the snow lands on her
she gets in a truck
i wave through the window
she doesn’t look back
i continue to wave and step outdoors
they drive off
stopped at a red light that feels like forever
the snow falls
like it has for months
twinkles under the lamp post
they turn the corner and drive off
coldness lands on my beard
and melts down my face.

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