She saw more than she would ever tell

it was obvious the secrets she tried to hide

and how well-hidden they stayed

She knew more than I would ever be told

and her silences were more telling

than the words she used to paraphrase them

So there we sat in silence; silence upon silence

the occasional tear like rain on sun-scorched earth

trying to break through in vain

When she recalled the futility of tears

she would wipe them away briskly

with the back of her hand, pretend to forget

but was it possible to forget?

Not one, not two, not three

that she loved sacrificially, loved severely

loved beyond reason; gone, taken, one by one

somewhere beneath the same sun scorched earth

so there she sat, trying to break through

with tears; in vain


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