'I feel your pain', I said,
The grit of past loves still
Stuck between my teeth.
'You'll get over it;
It just wasn't meant to be',
I lied, knowing my own heart
Lay in tatters; pieces forever lost.
'It will get better; give it time', I tried
Again, knowing at least this was
Something I could say in all honesty.
'Things happen for a reason', you reply.
I try to put on a brave face when you
Touch my tears, consoling me.
'If not in this lifetime, then the next.'
The spark of hope I wished to give to you
Envelopes me and I know she waits;
Somewhere in time.
© by Trish Shields
April 17, 1999