WHEN THE REALITY IS

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When the reality is

that I’ll write

many more lines for you

though I’ll hide

behind allegory

and pretend I mean

 something else

 

but deep down

I’ll know

and you’ll know

what the reality is

and that my subtle bullshit

just won’t pass the mustard

 

and I’ll pretend

it doesn’t hurt

that you are gone

but no one is buying

my courageous front

 

the pain in my eyes

must be apparent

and I wonder

if there’s pain in your eyes

as we yet continue

to travel apart

 

both unwilling to concede

and move a step or two

closer

to the other one

 

both unable

to put aside petty pride

and subjugate ego

refusing to accept flaws

and imperfections

in ourselves and each other

 

5-13-2006

for A.R.

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