When You're in a War

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We’re up in smoke. The curtain fell when you made that call, and the “oohs” and “ahhs” only serve to break the silence in an otherwise speechless standoff.

I ran off another night of bloodshot stares and harsh remarks without knowing what I’d lost. I’d hoped you wouldn’t write me off just yet, but you never did believe me when I said,

“Never again. I swear with all that I am we’ll make it out okay despite all of your dismay.” If I still had any say, you never would’ve walked away.

Rides and jobs are all that matter now that the compliment has run dry, and so have I. It’s left me without anything, but something in me won’t allow me to quit wasting my time here.

One last ditch to clear me from your conscience before you check this off your list. You jounced the limb and sailed away with no regard for every time I know you heard me say,

“Never again. I swear with all that I am we’ll make it out okay despite all of your dismay.” If I still had any say, you never would’ve walked away.
It seems a separate peace we’ve made. Not a thing will ever be the same. Each sleepless night remains in Maginot Lines and cries of, “I don’t have the time, but all is absolutely fine without you.”

I know it’s not what you wanted, but I hope it’s all you dreamed. I know it’s not what you asked for at all, but I hope it’s got you thinking,

“Never again. I wish with all that I am we could make this all okay despite all the games I’ve played.” If I still had any say, you never would’ve walked away.

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from Trust Your Bike, released September 16, 2014

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The Amy Hoffman Boston, Massachusetts

Endearingly awkward pop/rock dynamo. Usually adventuring, always in love with you.

See also: Future Teens

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