When did she stop being loved?
The day you left, or some time before;
Did she feel it in her heart, her gut, her womb
The day her love walked out the room.
When did you stop feeling wanted?
The day she left, or was it later;
How did it feel in your mind, your gut, your balls
The day she began screening your calls.
When did you end as a couple?
The day you found new stars to orbit;
Celestial bodies, no longer moving in tandem
Instead began passing at random.
When did you stop feeling angry?
The day you both started healing;
Found opportunity and motive to keep moving
And discovered, every day, you’re improving.
When the reasons that brought you together
Scarce remembered, seem to no longer matter
Don’t write it all off as an error
You’re not the same as you were when you met her.
“Two unhappy people make four happy people”
I may have mauled that, but you get the idea
That the arithmetic of relationships ending
Uses the same formula as those just beginning.
Erik Kaisson, 2017