This is episode 2 of my writing collection entitled “Writing for a Friend, #WFaF.” It’s also part of my ‘purely frictional*’ piece.

  • It’s about love that’s been betrayed and the learned helplessness that ensues afterward.
  • It’s dedicated to anyone who stays behind to make it ‘work’ because that’s what they’ve been told or there’s nowhere else to go.
  • Remember, your concerns are valid. Remember that you are priceless and don’t stay defeated.

*Thus called because it might rub you the right way!

“I longed to return to that bloody riverbank, to throw myself in the path of the final arrow, to die ignorant, and so, in love. Better to be killed by an arrow than by the words of the one I most trusted.” 
Robin Wasserman, The Book of Blood and Shadow


I was hot; you were cold
Even beneath our duvet fold,
I was restless and in love
Like the affection, you wore like a glove,
Putting it on and off when it suited you
And all the things you did that I never knew.

I looked into your eyes and your promised me tomorrow
Eyes closed now, and all I feel is the sorrow,
My mind, body, soul, all broken
From those lies I wished were never spoken.
You had promised to hold me forever
These are the ties I now wish to sever,
The promises you made to me word-for-word
Were what you whispered to others, unstirred.
You took your keys and left the kids
I have them now and the STDs,
“It’s a one-time thing,” you said to me
How come they still show up on your caller ID?

Like ships in night, passing each other by
The love we shared, now left to die,
Backs turned against each other on our bed
And the distance between us that’s now spread.

I was hot; you were cold
Seething with anger that’s now almost old,
Our bed made crowded with tainted faces
Of the strangers you invited in, leaving behind traces,
Your hands quiver and your gloves don’t fit anymore
I could have seen this if I looked up from the floor.

Mo! Sibyl © 2017

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