“Maybe it was naïve of me. To fall in love so quickly.”

Maybe it was naïve of me. To fall in love so quickly, but to keep you at arm’s length. The more time I spent in your presence, the more frightened I became. And even though it broke your heart every time, you still waited for me to come back. Until that last time. You closed that door and refused to unlock it for me ever again. It makes sense that you gave up on us, because I never really gave us a chance. I silently said goodbye long before you ever did. For all those times I failed to tell you how much you meant to me, I’m sorry. I was always better at running away than actually letting myself love completely. Implicitly. It was one of the hardest lessons I ever learned: If I say goodbye, I need to be ready for it to be said back to me.

© Sarah Doughty

This was written in response to the #NovemberNotes challenge. Today’s inspiration was Too Good At Goodbyes by Sam Smith.

27 thoughts on “Goodbyes”

      1. Just found this again on an open browser tab and reread it and your line – ” I was always better at running away. . . ” really inspired me to write “A Runaway Lover”! Thank you so much your seed of inspiration!!!

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  1. It’s interesting to see this sort of writing from another person. I’ve had to make mine private as the other party has taken to sending abusive messages or getting other people to send them but I’m glad it isn’t just me that is willing to wear their heart on their sleeve in such a way. Beautifully written.

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  2. Damn, darling! Very impressive piece of written work! i’m sadden that your emotion are felt this way, dig in darling, grit your teeth, an claw your way out… There is sunny lov, on the other side, now within a whispering lie….

    hugs chris

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