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APED: "where you were"

July 2nd, 2009 (07:48 pm)

Yes, I do miss my ex-girlfriend. Why do you ask?

I'll write something funny tomorrow! I promise!


The old chair in the living room is empty.
We each fought for the sofa, now it's free.
And so is the remote control, and so it's like the days of old
before you ever came to live with me.
And there are lots more spaces on the bookshelves,
and in the closets, and in all the drawers,
and tabletops and bassinets, and I won't miss that bedroom set,
but the heart is never empty, only sore:
and it's nothing and it's everything, the silence you confer
on all the empty spaces where you were.

And that tiny bathroom closet's gotten bigger now,
and I can use both pillows if I choose.
I'll get my way in everything. Once again, I am the king --
so why is it I only feel I lose?
All my things stay just exactly where I put 'em,
even if I shouldn't put 'em there.
It's been six days since I caved, that's the last time that I shaved
but I just can't bring myself to care.
And our photographs are put away, our history interred
in all the empty spaces where you were.

I've still got the sofa, and the bookshelves,
the remote control, and that torn old chair.
I've still got more things than that. I've even got the goddamn cat.
Everything important still is there.
Everything I need and ever wanted,
Everything that makes me who I am
Everything, I guess that's true, everything except for you:
life happens when you're making other plans.
The things that I still have are mine, but empty's all I see
like the empty spaces in your heart
the empty spaces in your heart
the empty spaces in your heart
where I used to be.

Comments

Posted by: Susan (susanlawton)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
handsonheart

This is a wonderful piece. Very emotive. Reminds me of past break-ups before I got married. Thanks for sharing it!

Posted by: stalkere (stalkere)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
Oh well.

the Stalker Bus-stop theory of relationships

Miss your girlfriend (boyfriend) ?
Kind of like missing the bus...wait a little while, another will show up.

Me, I have much the same feelings...but if I never see my ex- in this or any other space-time continuum, I will be well-pleased.

Posted by: trinfaneb (trinfaneb)
Posted at: July 5th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)

I've always been the one to move out myself, but I can still totally relate.

Posted by: stalkere (stalkere)
Posted at: July 7th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)

I agree with the poem up to the last six lines...at that point, our opinions diverge totally.

If somebody asked me if I missed my ex-, I'd say, "yeah, next time I'll carry more ammo."

Just joking, she's 500 miles away, and I intend to try to make that my minimum safe distance from her....

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