The Faintest Farewell

Pale fluorescent lighting paints the scene
ears still ring hollow
with such an effortless ‘goodbye’
All breathing paused
as she rations out that smile
all too aware of exactly what it does to me

Allowing a single kiss
to parachute upon her cheek
I thank her for the madness
of all those past encounters
But she has nothing more for me
just empty eyes and vague replies

One foot follows the other
as she minds that endless gap
All confusion quickly thins
a bullet hits me, there’s no feeling
no reverence for the weight
of all that’s crumbling

That wild force once warped us
distorted the very shape of our existence
but now in its withdrawal
it has no effect on her
My eyes are filled with moon
hers rewind blue movies

Between our kisses
I’d sketched great journeys on a napkin
which she now takes and rips
tucks the scraps in my top pocket
In the glass of the parting doors
I watch myself get torn in two

So much remains unsaid
her thinning smile waves me on
as the sterile platform claims her
deep into its caverns
Every strand of thought
hangs unresolved and billowing

I know our show is over
our passion moot and spare
without a care
The faintest farewell
so fitting, so real
So what…

[2021]

Thanks for reading.

Hold some poems in your hand.

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Tom Alexander

"Art is a lie that tells the truth"

5 thoughts on “The Faintest Farewell”

    1. Thank you Navin, I came very close to throwing this one away but a ruthless final edit saved it from the bin. So it’s extra rewarding to see it worked for you. Thanks for reading and for commenting.

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      1. You’re welcome Tom…it surely did work for me…you see, this poem you were about to bin…but the beauty was lying somewhere deep within…that you could express in the end

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