…sometimes who we are collides with where we are, and we have to decide whether we’ll swim against the current or go with the tide…

Dark Side of Our Love

By Edlyn Mason

November 2014

I remember when

Your touch melted me

The scent of you caressed my inner sanctuary

You’d barely left, yet I yearned for your return

Couldn’t wait to unwrap the days ahead

In the intimacy of silent, mutual understanding

We connected time and again

Talked for hours side by side, often with fingers interlocked

Secure in the knowledge that we had each other’s back

Then our music lulled

My smile mirrored in your eyes slowly faded

Trust, so carefully built, replaced by anxiety and doubt

Cruel words exchanged like stone pellets aimed at a bird with broken wings

The unsettling urge to take flight when we share the same space

Mingled with deep sadness at having come to this place

Familiar features apparent on a stranger

Reluctant to solve the mystery of whom we have become

Inevitability delayed, though brief, now a welcome reprieve

In the aftermath of the storm

Intense with waves of frustration and winds of pent-up wrath unleashed

Our love lies mangled in endless emotional debris

Numbness saturates the ruins of what used to be shared respect

A burdened conscience affords flimsy shelter from guilt

Notions of vengeance lurking in the subconscious corners of the mind

Offer meager room for compassion

Except that providence were to salvage the best of you and me

We may well let the heart move on

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