how was it that they were talking,
that words were being chiseled and conversations hammered,
yet all the while,
her heart was losing strength,
and quiet seemed to settle over the house like ash?

and she couldn’t escape that feeling,
no matter how much she spoke,
no matter what she offered,
even if it was pieces of herself she’d never offered another,
and it was hard to breathe

as she spoke,
she looked into his eyes and they were so full –
full of words not spoken,
of yesterdays and tomorrows and never-will -bes,
of fear

and this silence amidst the words,
wrapped itself around her like a smothering blanket

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