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The Girl in the Car Window

It was a blurry, shadow image of a girl in the car window.
Suddenly the specter of all my yesterdays slam into me, and
I remember everything I want to forget.
How could you be in a car no more than twenty feet
Away, stalking my every fear when you were no longer?
I want to jump through the car window, a coward who runs 
From his fate, locked in perpetual battle by the boundaries 
I erected to protect me as I find myself trapped in an alternate reality, 
Adrift on a street littered with broken promises.
I want to block out every dream we shared, to block out the 
Darkness of every stolen night. I close my eyes to
Shatter the reflection of the girl in the car window; I need you to
Disappear, forever. I want you to take flight from any space 
Within me, to flee my here and now, 
Lost in the last hour of our love, 
Gone, forever.
You are not real. 
A face resurrected from a spectrum of time, abandoned to random
Memories stitched together. 
A broken mosaic trying to walk me backwards while I try to pull time Forward, past an emptiness that never ends. 
I had buried every piece of you, partitioned each one off, until…. 
The girl in the car window.  
Who is she; is it you? 
I open my car door to make certain my feet feel the ground; 
Afraid I have lost my sense of balance, captive to a raging madness by a Bargain made with the devil; payment due when he comes to call.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018

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