The Art of Leaving (villanelle poem)

How you choose to leave always says more;

like goodbye waves and words pack up a past,

saying goodbye can open or close a door.


A hug with no kiss hurts, different than before.

A text with no ‘xo’ dejects, darker than the last.

How you choose to leave always says more.


A call means more but can feel like a chore—

one heart harmed if the other breaks too fast.

Saying goodbye can open or close a door.


For some acting in pain, being nice is a bore.

Return the feeling; make their heart need a cast…

how you choose to leave always says more.


If words are chosen to leave one less sore,

love’s gravity may stay just as vast.

Saying goodbye can open or close a door.


He once made me feel rich when the world was poor

and left me knowing our love would outlast.

How he chose to leave always said more;

Saying goodbye can open or close a door.




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