Poetry

Optimism

“You left once. So even if you tried
to come back, I wouldn’t trust that you’d stay.”

Maybe you only see yourself and leech love from other people until you leave them behind as empty husks with their hearts ripped from their chests. Or maybe you don’t realize the light you cast into this world. How you can light up someone’s life and the way you make them feel when you are around. And then the moment you leave, nothing is the same. The world is a little darker, that feeling of warmth and joy turns to cool numbness. I’d like to hope for the latter, but I’ve been wrong before. But now, it doesn’t matter. You left once. So even if you tried to come back, I wouldn’t trust that you’d stay.

© Sarah Doughty
2018

Once that trust is broken,
you can’t ever get it back.

6 thoughts on “Optimism”

    1. Oh I definitely think it’s possible. I’m not trying to say that. What I mean is: if someone loves and relies on another, only to have that person betray them in some way — it would be devastating in many ways. But ultimately, the one that was hurt will always feel that sting and even if that trust is earned, those fears of a potential repeat would probably linger around.

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