Shawn L. Bird

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words January 29, 2013

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:40 pm
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Splashing in the bathroom

awakens her

to a sorrowful knowing.

Her eyes are closed against it.

His baggage rustles.

“Come kiss me good-bye,” she says

blinking blurrily.


he leans and offers

a perfunctory pucker

upon her sour morning lips.

“I’ll call you tomorrow

to tell you whether I’m coming home,”

he says.

“Call me today

to tell me you’ve arrived.”

“I can do that,” he agrees

moving down the hallway.

Eyes clamped closed again,

she hears the firm crunch of

doors and humming rumble of the engine.

As the car leaves,

she leans into her pillow,

wondering at the words,

he didn’t say.


10 Responses to “words”

  1. I wonder whether she thinks about the words she didn’t say either like I’ll miss you? Beautifully written as always Shawn and unfortunately all too accurate sometimes.

  2. yasniger Says:

    Reblogged this on yasniger and commented:
    Words are simply captivating.

  3. powerful poem. painful words. beautiful imagery

  4. Scriptor Obscura Says:

    Beautiful. I can really hear the sounds in this, see it perfectly. You’re such a good writer.

  5. Anna Mark Says:

    hmmn…a very different silence here. Silence isn’t always easy to discern is it?

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