I get into the car and you begin to drive
The only thing we share on our journey is
It smothers our words
Chokes our voices
Louder than anything that could be spoken
Your feet crunch on the shattered remains of my heart
I breathe in your pain
As the destination draws closer. . .
We grow farther apart.
Miles impossibly stretched out between us
Scars from the battle harden with pain and misery
Giving us cold, scaly armor
We are past tears
Our young faces have grown haggard
Deep lines of depression embedded in our skin
Your grip on the steering wheel tightens
I look up hopefully but
A sigh that tells all the secrets of the soul escapes you
And your hands
Tears I didn’t know I had begin to fall from my eyes
Traitors to my broken heart
I wipe them angrily,
I will not show weakness.
We are here.
I notice the frigid weather outside
How could it have been so warm only minutes ago?
The door is slammed shut and my heart bleeds agony
A wall made up of more than metal and glass separates us
One last look into your eyes
Guarded and emotionless
The chain between us broken
Never to return
You leave without a sound
As if this was a dream . . . or a nightmare
I turn around and begin the long journey
Back to the wholeness I once had, but
My heart stays with you.