144 – Roads

It never happened,
At least not the way you remember.

The memories are real,
And a cherished too.
They’re just not very accurate.

Years upon years of distance
Have sanded down the edges,
And lightened the dark corners.

“We were so happy there.”
I hear it from your lips
And know you believe it.

But that doesn’t make it true.

I don’t say anything,
I know you find those memories uplifting.
So I let you keep them.

You go on living
In a past that never was,
And a future I can’t give you.

While I walk in the present,
Silently watching
As we slowly drift apart.

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