lieber nicht | poetry

how can this be too hard, too much, for you to read

it’s what I’m left with, it’s what I have to feel

you stopped relating to me

all you can hear in your head are those common words

sold in a mix and match in a multi-pack of disconnection

you don’t want to be part of someone else’s nightmare

distancing yourself with superficial words

words that have been repeated so often

their meaninglessness hurts

you think that death will never be a part of your life

you know, when I stand next to you

you, with all your lives intact

you feel more dead to me

than me, with all my losses

how come

the dead disappear

and the living make their stories disappear

because suddenly life itself becomes too uncomfortable

too unbearable to hear

that even a funny story has to be buried with everything else

when all we take with us is the memories that brought us together

how can you live with that

My own drawing © Laura Gentile 2023 | Instagram: croque_melpomene

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