#276 Seattle - Poem by Jimmie Arrington
She spoke the words she rehearsed so well,
She must have practiced all night.
Her heart had stopped and I’m sure as hell,
She never even put up a fight.
Stone-faced she said goodbye without blinking,
As if it were effortless.
Then she turned away without any thinking,
Taking her first step with finesse.
As if there was nothing left to say,
My love began to walk away.
I asked her to wait. We needed to talk,
We could fix all that went wrong.
She didn’t respond and continued to walk
Just like she wanted all along.
The tear that laid upon my eyelid
Decided to fall at last.
Then several more I couldn’t keep hid
As she took another step so fast.
There was nothing I could say
To keep her from walking away.
I yelled and begged for her to wait,
She never heard a word.
It was useless, hopeless, just too late,
And another step occurred.
The world around me began to spin,
Then everything went black.
At the top of my lungs I screamed again,
Not once did she look back.
Did she notice the clouds turned grey
As she carried on walking away?
Time has passed but the pain remains,
Her image still plays in my mind.
Burnt blood still runs through my veins
And persistently presses rewind.
The world expects me to just move on
And accept I’ve lost love’s battle.
Faster than she came, she was gone.
And suddenly I wish I were Seattle.
And at the end of every day
I still see her walking away.
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