I should smile

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You’re warm, I know that much.

A hood snug over your ears, fur framing your face.

I taught you how to stitch the skins,

Keep howling winds at bay.

Trudging through snow, we leave the forest behind us.


Remember those dark and desperate nights

Red eyes, hot breath, razor teeth stalking

Fleeing in hope of safety.

But we escaped, we found the path again

Walked on together.


Remember those mornings

Dew wet grass and the world silent.

Huffing out a clouded breath, and standing

Empty-bellied, clear-eyed and wondering

At the new dawn.


Remember those drowsy golden days

Nectar drunk bees around your head.

Cast down amid ripeness

And laughing at clouds drifting by.

A happiness, a moment.


And I remember those purple nights

Star jewelled sky, bright planets and the moon above.

We lay and watched the universe turn.

No three dog nights for us

When we had each other.


You’ve learned, I know that much.

A bag of tools, a store of knowledge

A piece of my heart, yet here our story ends.

Is this love’s prize, to stand at this divergence

Tear blind, recalling all our journeys?


I should let you go

I should seek new paths

I should remember and forget

I should smile.


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