It was like

we had just seen each other yesterday

spent time together in some old fashioned way

that smile, that look

felt right


It was like

we had held hands last, just that morning

wrapped up together in the dawn’s roaring

that kiss, that embrace

felt perfect


It was like

we had fallen asleep together in another life

many decades ago, perhaps husband and wife

that comfort, that confidence

felt timeless


It is now as if

she had been meant to be with me

for despite ourselves, we were at ease

that knowledge, that second sense

was inarguable


For now we know

how it feels when the other isn’t there

a broken, hollow feeling with no hope of repair

that ache, that breathless pain

is unacceptable


and shall never be again.