Moving (on)

All of my belongings are strewn across the floor
lone socks, piled clothing, a book of poetry
the carpet is covered in empty bags and pens and pieces of notebook paper filled with lines I couldn’t finish
I never found the right words to

I know I should be putting my life together
folding and storing and cleaning
I should be fixing the chip in the wall or doing something of importance
there are too many boxes I still haven’t packed, but
all I’m thinking about is how to get you back

I should be moving out of this house into the next but
I’m wrapping myself in these same red sheets wishing you were sinking into the mattress with me
phantom feeling skin that isn’t touching mine
longing like the hungry heart I always claim to not have
but here I am, starving again
insatiable

and when I leave I wont miss the salt in the air or
the sand building hills in every crack of the room
I wont miss the ink stained sunsets much
or the welcoming breeze that morning wakes me up with
I wont miss it at all

not the sound of waves or the way the moon looks when
everyone is too busy to notice
the stars and how they peek out during the vacant of night
not the crawl of sunlight through windows and
the dance the curtains do when the door is left open

not even the sounds coming from the alley outside in the middle of sleep
or the scratch of cars along the one way street
I wont miss it, I promise
there’s no point in missing what I can always come back to

but I will miss you
I will the way I have for however long I haven’t had you here
for whatever city you’re in today
for whatever heart you’re casing inside yours
for whatever one that isn’t mine
how ironic it was that you used to be just a few blocks down the beach
now we’re more than miles apart in distance
I wonder if your thoughts ever find their way to me

I buried too many feelings in the sand
leaving seems an easier feat than digging up memories
and I don’t think there’s enough time in the world to get to where I need to be to be okay again

all of my belongings are strewn across the floor
lone socks, piled clothing and a book of poetry
the carpet is covered in empty bags and pens and pieces of notebook paper filled with lines I couldn’t finish
I never found the right words to
I’m starting to think I never will

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