Remember those repeated whispers in your ear?
Soft breath and gentle strokes
tickled your fancy; quiet words
promised a forever,
But forever was a desolate road;
skeletons and scraggy trees
lined a twisted path, each a sharp memory
of misfortune or pain.
Beaten signs warned of danger;
long ignored, they lost effect.
I watched you go, a piece of my heart
your traveling companion.
Long nights of secrets passed;
you’d tell me of promises made,
abounding flattery and words
I knew were flat.
You always came to me with your tears,
turned to me for comfort;
I was always there
with open arms
Heart laid bare, you told me all.
I knew you better than you thought;
But a sounding board,
that’s all I was to you.
Chances came and went;
I could have told you, but I knew
you would only drift away.
Silent and near, or screaming and far.
My last chance slipped away
as you walk into your forever,
away from a security
you never knew you had.