I like that time heals all wounds.
I like it because I’ve known it
to be true, time and time
and time and time
again. It’s as cliche as it is
It’s as morose as it is
I’ve been here before
not here, exactly,
without you, specifically—
but I’ve been left by other people
whose tastes and smells
and specific way of laughing
I can no longer remember
or even care to.
it feels good to know that each day
I spend without you is a practice
in learning how to be a person
who no longer sleeps beside you
Eventually, I will be a person
who no longer thinks about
what it was like to sleep beside you.
the first time i really had my heart broken, I learned
how sadness can make you strong.
How a human being
can adapt to unexpected
circumstances, can get over anything.
“I can get over anything”:
a badge of determination
the knowledge that you are just a story
I tell now
but eventually, I’ll have something else
to talk about.
I can get over anything: knowing this
is a comfort, sure.
but sometimes it’s also
if I can get over anything
why ever get into anything
if you can eventually erase the urgency
of every feeling
Ever feeling it in the first place, at all