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Feb
14

Enough red wine

After

Enough red wine

And a bit

Of sad music,

I’m ready

To write

About every broken heart

I’ve ever experienced.

The memories return

Quickly,

Rushing to the surface,

Faster than I can

Open another bottle

To drown them again.

Once awakened,

Back from the dead,

Pulled out

From underneath

My happiness,

They will not

Shut up,

They will not

Leave me alone-

And I am

Powerless

To stop them.

Each hurt,

Each lie,

Each kiss,

Each tearful goodbye with fingers entwined, standing in the doorway of her apartment, begging for another chance to show her I can change and be the man (or boy) she wants me to be…

Each failure

To keep her

Longer.

 

Once the bottle is empty

And the music is

Playing,

It’s as if

She said goodbye

Tonight,

Even though

She said goodbye

Twenty years ago,

Or ten years ago,

Or yesterday.

She’s gone,

But her memory

Is alive-

Every one of them.

 

Timothy Vance Jackson

February 23, 2014

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