oh they will let you

if making sure

you don’t mark the carpet

soil the drapes

even offer a band aid

raise your hopes

but no

they will cut you again


until you learn

to shut your mouth

head out on your toes

but first they’d like you to know

the bleeding is your problem

the cutting?

is just how life goes

done with me

in truth

she had very likely

been done with me for a while

had waited

to find the right time

to let me go

& we all know now

there is no right time

for the unlover

to tell the lover

this is over

stick a fork in it

we’re done

I don’t recall pleading

tho’ I certainly

felt some bleeding

tears coming on

walked away the pain

& when I

turned to look back

she was gone