Sitting silently hugging my knees
You had joined the Army;
I lived so far away, & everything had changed
Soft grey words were spoken like the calm before the storm;
then, like loud clouds, crashing
Suddenly I was facing you; your strong arms were holding me
falling into yours
as your hands
told me the ending
of the saddest love story
your fingers caressing my lower back, your lips so softly grazing my cheek
I don’t recall if the sun had set in that moment you had to leave, you drove away so quickly
as my heart beat broke into a million unforgettable memories that you left behind; that I gathered and held close to comfort me.
and every once in awhile, I see you smile and I pause to catch my breath & thank the heavens that –
you are still safely woven within my heartbeat,
as I carry on my journey.