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POEM: define break up

January 30, 2015

fatigue flushes

through the body

like the memory of



an old friend

crawls into bed with you

her cold feet

shock the system





but no rest

she swings in a waking



the soil surrounding your soul

looses its moisture

in these temperatures, falls

dry and white between

these sheets.



with heartbreak.


“did you break up?” they’ll

ask you the next


as if something in you

is irreproachably unfixable.


you decided in the darkness

of the room, in the intimacy

of a missed touch, that you’ll always reply,

“we came to the end of our story.”


(C) Whitney French, 2015

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