Long after

he takes two timid steps up to his seat

Long after

he is buckled in next to his aide

Long after

I blow him one last kiss

Long after

the doors are closed and the driver pulls away from the house

Long after

the van rounds the corner and there is no one left but me

I stand in the middle of my empty street

and plead

and beg

and barter with

a world I am struggling to trust again


Long after

my arms have let him go

my heart holds its breath

while hope circles quietly in the distance

and together we wait for him

Long after

he is gone



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