Today's poem is by Mark Jarman

The Way You Went

After the long leavetaking,
your exit was abrupt.
You kissed everybody
at the party goodbye

twice, three times,
so that we stopped
telling you to hang on
a little longer.

Then—no one knew where—
you were gone.
After so many farewells,
we were sure you would stay.

Copyright © 2016 Mark Jarman All rights reserved
from Five Points
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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