Do relationships ever die


N.N. Trakakis

Do relationships ever die
or do they merely fade to grey
losing their colour
their vibrant glow and fervor
refusing nevertheless to let go
hanging on to the last breath
waiting in half-lit subterranean caverns
completely hidden from passers-by
venturing every so often
to emerge unexpectedly
in that verb you inflected in a way you didn’t recognise
in that feeling of remorse that was never yours
in that truthful answer you would never have given
in the morning smile that doesn’t belong to you.

N.N. Trakakis
“Southern Sun, Aegean Light”
Melbourne, Australia