Summing Up

Letting Her Lover Go

She is letting go of him
the way the dignified let go of life
one quiet breath
and out into the ether

the way trees let go of leaves
stripping them away
growing used to
their weightlessness.

He is moving out of her fingers
her eyes, the ribs hiding
her heart. She can feel him
taking shape
on the other side of her skin.

When she sighs
he slips away
moving across her tongue
taking all his promises.

As she opens the door
to look at the cold winter sky
she feels him running past her
down the white street.

Only the snow follows.

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