when she left

how many lines times

have I started in just like that

tho’ now I can’t remember the pain

only

that I had it real bad

going on for end of living please

out way beyond sad

drinking in the morning

hoping to not feel the afternoons

start in again on nights

until each day the pain eased

not so much to notice

just the aching seemed to pass

began picking myself up

going out to face the day

hoping not to meet anybody who’d talk

the bruises might not show

there just under the surface

& then one time the sun caught my eyes

like as not to cry

but I felt something that knew

give it time

I could turn this into a low smile

begin living again

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