your suffering has stopped,
and I’ll suffer for losing you
until the end,
in silence I will suffer,
holding all that you were,
old band shirts,
sun burns, baked spaghetti,
Romeo and Juliet, lip balm,
walking through the neighborhood,
sitting on the long steps leading into town,
smoking in the gazebo,
getting caught riding with boys,
spending days at the pool,
nights at the bowling alley,
when old, the wise know
it was a life time