Once, Before

March 10, 2008
By Amberly Wendell, Kalamazoo, MI

once, before
my joy came out in laughter
and my pain out in tears
but now,
my laughter is my sorrow, hidden
and my tears
are stored inside me
surely I will drown with this??
but no, as I see him I realize
him to be only
the tears within my eyes,
the haunting memories
within my head,
and the chill
running through my spine
there was, once.
Now all I can feel [for sure]
is the pain
but I still know
that I can not hate him
I can not get rid of him
his name is engraved within me
and just like my love for him,
will never go away.

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