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I miss you.

 

You’re six feet too far,

glass contains you and 

breaks you away.

 

A mask prevents your voice

from filling my ears.

Your face hidden,

 

from my touch.

I thought we were safe,

flooded from the words

 

stabbing my cranium

as I wish to see you again.

A wish that may not

 

be granted.

My thoughts are plagued,

with the worry you might not

 

make it.

Torturous thoughts

killing me but

 

smothering you.

When this is over,

I won’t take your nagging for granted.

 

I promise to see you

every day when I know

you’re safe.

 

The feel of your papery hands,

grasping mine as I try to leave.

Your words blending together

 

the stories you already told me.

Smelling the powder upon 

your skin. Your face. Your voice.

 

Even though I moved away,

living next door and not

seeing you

 

hurts more than 

the distance.

Stay safe.

 

Stay with me.

 

It’ll be over soon

and I’ll see you again,

Grandma. 

 

My name is Parker Howell. I love to spend my time writing (mostly poetry) and cuddling with my cat when he's not biting me. I'm majoring in Creative Writing at Wells College so writing is a major influence in my life. I love cacti, corgis, and chai tea.
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