THE GLASS I PUT ON MY LIPS

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It still seats on the brown coaster on the glass table
The tears that I cried late into the night
Stain the pillow case I hold in my arms daily
Since I stopped hearing your footsteps coming
Buried in deep ghostly open spaces of emptiness
I have no reason to keep holding onto your memories
Selfish emotions run through my heart’s veins
Wanting you back yet without any other reason

I nurse internal injuries from broken promises made
The glass I put on my lips
Is the only reminder that you were real to me
Strangely your fingertips still stick to it
As I have no courage to wash it all off
Because I still feel your memories on it
The glass I put on my lips when you were next to me
Keeps staring at me haunting my thoughts
The feelings I thought I would escape
Keep dragging me into the emotions I want to escape
A reminder that you are so far away from me
Each thunder storm that passes prompts me to think about you
Scents keep lingering around this glass that I put on my lips
Remembering how yours felt at my touch
I want to crawl into myself and not bring myself back
Reality has ceased to exist within me
As I want you back in my waiting arms that frail
I feel I cannot breathe or even think without you near me
I do not want the glass I put on my lips
To be the only reminder that you were once mine

Copyright 2015 October

Mulunga Alukwe

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