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He said: quote, unquote
"There's nothing left to say"
The pain of tears building in his throat
"There isn't any other way"
His voice, unsteady waves against a boat
"This is the price I have to pay"
His tone falling to a deeper note
"You'll be better off, I pray"
His tear-filled eyes barely afloat
"I wish we had just one more day"
Then she said, as he grabbed his coat
"I love you, please stay"

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