Prose and Poetry for Pain

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If We

If we follow the connections

Between messages sent and received

How many miles in total did we spend with reach each other?

If we dare to sum

The minutes we ignored each other’s call

How many hours did we lose trying to suppress what needs to be said?

If we bravely measure

The volume of tears held back

How much water can we drown our pain into?

If we attempt to count

The number of thoughts zip-zapping to form you

How many times were you trying to manifest?

If we try to let go

These now-weak strings which bound us for so long

How can we survive at all?

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