didn’t you walk the other way?
when you knew you’d flay me with your tortured need?
and why
didn’t I see ahead of time
to the days where laughter was silenced
and only sadness took the oar
out into the middle of the river
where you said
it’s for the best
there’s no one here for you
I grew up thinking
loyalty and devotion would see me right
if I had just known
the more you give, the more is taken
leaving you too empty
to drown by weight