amongst these

there was a list

lying there beside her

some points heavy underscored

a lengthy litany of my faults

things I had done wrong

done to her peace of mind

over our time together

& I was expecting some

which never came

others thrown unexpected

fleeting out of the dark

some I had no defence

those that needed none

amongst these

that I had burned a candle

meant to have been decoration

brightening up the room

left me with little to say

except an itch on the tongue

knowing humour here

would not save the day

like the candle

all was burned down

to the stub

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