All month now
you’ve been texting me
‘I miss you’ messages on my Viber.
Every night
you’ve been telling me
you are sad.
Isn’t that a lesson
someone your age
must have learned by now? –
You don’t miss people,                                                         
or anything else:
you carry everything you love
with you.

I doubt
whether I myself
have learned that lesson well –
I hope I have –
but just in case
I don’t reply.

         Zlatna Kostova