How did we end up back here?
Arms curled around the empty ache
As if to somehow hold myself together
Weren't we happy, connected, together?
Growing towards one another
Walls slammed into my face
Tearing at our bond
To stumble and fall
Blame rains down on my heart
From lips that once spoke affirmation
Defending the fragile nature of my becoming
From one sworn to cherish
Bruises would feel like welcome relief
From the battering of criticism against my soul
Intimacy has fled
Time poured into everything but us
Shrouded in loneliness
Huddled against the shame
Trapped by unreasonable expectations
The dam breaks
Tears spill from swollen eyes
A return to different choices
The bond repaired, rewoven
Until the next time.