Monday, January 16, 2017

Thank You For Visiting Sacramento

when we hugged
and said our goodbyes
and you said
I love you

I tried but
could not speak

and I realized
my heart had jumped up
in a panic and attempted
to escape before bursting
but got lodged in my throat

and I knew if I spoke
all the words I would make
would sound like tears

so I just smiled
and quickly walked away
so that the last thing
I would give you
would not be my grief.

I love you, too.

Ken Owen      Van Niddy Press     Sacramento, January 2017