The Science of Parting
On a line from Mandelstam - 'I have learned the science of parting'
There was so much we never did together,
places to go and visit hand in hand,
so much we could have learned about each other,
so many things to say before goodbye.
Nobody ever knew how much I suffered;
but by applying all the skills I'd learned
I always coped. My strategies were successful;
the ache of separation always eased.
So many times the same has happened to me,
but every time the pain returns anew.
Just as intense, although it's so familiar,
regret comes like a band around my heart.
Falling in love, each time's a new experience;
the same thing goes for learning how to part.
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