Trash in Love


That old blue trash can
still sat in the corner
by the door
laughing at you

just go away
he said
in oh, so many words
in oh, too many actions

flesh crawling
hope fading
heart breaking

tossed away
like rubbish again
for the oh, too manyeth time

the imbecile sits
waiting for a retraction
too long

it had been too long
too long ago
to remember

one should not stay
where one is not wanted
you think over and over
until you can think no more

too long
came the night
he put you in the trash can
you were pretty sure

gathering broken shards
of your self esteem
you scrape your heart
off of the floor

pack some lessons
into a suitcase
leaving others
for the others
to find

praying for mercy
on your journey
back to confidence

you fill that old trash can
with all the love
you had for that man

and
shake regret off your shoes
as you walk out the door

Jessica Holter

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