Poetry

Goodbyes

“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
2017

Pushing you away
was never the answer.

4 thoughts on “Goodbyes”

  1. Sometimes we are not ready for relationship, and we fail in our pursuit because we can’t acknowledge it when it is happening. It isn’t until step back from the relationship, we realize we failed.

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