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I tried to give you space but now I seem to have misplaced you
and I wonder where you are and what you're up to.

I once let you level my heart
and still you beat harder with your fists.
Those were the months I chewed my teeth
and kissed myself goodnight;
those were the months I tried
to shed my skin and choke on river bones,
but I was never alone enough to be lonely,
just empty,
and you were always good at being gone.

I never knew words could echo in such a small space
but between you and I
our conversations would linger
long after our lips had ceased.

Those were the nights
you would press me against the glass
and tell me it was just a figure of speech
but
I was still left to chew my teeth;
and those were the nights
you would mottle my skin with affection,
and I craved the attention
because you were always good at being gone
and the longer you kept your hands on me
meant the longer you'd stay away from away.

But then you'd stray,
breaking off little pieces of me to take.
And I learned how much I loved you
when the mornings came.

The mornings came.

Those were the days I told myself
you were better than me
as I chewed my teeth and rolled my aching skin;
those were the days I scolded myself
for loving a man who loved everyone
with equal fervor,
though I know you loved me most.

You loved me most.

And it shows.

My breath grows cold when I think of you,
and I think of you
whenever I get lonely,
and I'm lonely most days
because you're away.

I wish I could show you the damage you've done
but
you were always good at being gone.

You were always good at being gone.

by PrettyOdd
posted on 10/20/2010

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Comments: 30

Comment by ShaneNhopeSmith: Sep 28, 2014 1:14 pm
kool
Comment by DemonicBunny04: Apr 7, 2013 7:13 am
This made me cry...It's so beautiful!
Comment by PoeticPrincess: Feb 13, 2013 1:27 pm
All your poetry is amazing, I'm always left speechless!
Comment by ToWritePoetryOnHerArms: Feb 13, 2013 10:18 am
I read this so many times and let my friends read it, I quoted it on Facebook too just because it's so beautiful. I loved but I was never alone enough to be lonely,
just empty,
and you were always good at being gone.

and

because you were always good at being gone
and the longer you kept your hands on me
meant the longer you'd stay away from away.

so much and now I'm gong to read all your other poetry. Just beautiful.
Comment by thestutteringbandit: Feb 5, 2013 12:19 pm
after reading this again and a few more times after that. i can say with absolute certainity that this is magnificent in its frailty and delivery.

vote!
Comment by CnutTheGreat: Jun 22, 2012 7:31 pm
You need to edit, the site has ****ed the apostrophe in "you'd". Line 26.

I've not read this in quite some time. Christ, you can milk the udders of a pen and leave it lowing for a poem.

I forgot quite how much this poem gets to me, few things do so.

Normally I'd write a poem about anything which made me feel so strongly, but it seems you already did.
Perhaps that's why this leaves me feeling at a loss.

Can't believe I didn't (vote)
Comment by grunty: Aug 28, 2011 8:55 am
I know I have been away for awhile now but, every time I think I have seen your best...click...there is another work of art.

Your work is beautiful my dear.
Comment by ReverberatingSilence: Jan 13, 2011 11:30 am
You know, i really want to tell you how much i enjoyed this. but i can't seem to stitch together a good enough response.

Just know this is spectacular.
Comment by UmbraFoxx: Jan 7, 2011 8:35 am
this is a beautiful piece, well done. It seems like it could make a good song.
Comment by hollyann25: Jan 6, 2011 10:49 am
full of emotion. sounds like you put all of your soul & heart into.

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