I keep watching 
the boy walk away
again and again.

I stare at his shoulders, at his neck,
at the back of his head.
All the time wishing
he would turn around
and look for me.

At least if I were Eurydice
I would be saved. 
But how can he know
that I love him
if I never ask him
to stay.

Please, stay.
I’m reaching out,
I want you to know.

Please, stay.
I’m ready to get 
out of this cave.

Please, stay.
I’ll love you
just the same.

Part of the series “Lost & Found” (2018)