Reasons Why

Kathleen Novak

if we are lonely
it might be because
             we let go too soon
             or hung on too long
             we walked too far or
             we didn't walk far enough or
             we should have run
             or stood still
             we asked the wrong question
             or planted the wrong answer
             and winds soothe
             when they should be tearing
             and night teases
             when it should come strong
             and we are lonely
             together apart together away
             we are needing to give
             as much as we are needing to get
if we are lonely
it might be because
             there is not one thing
             that reaches so far
             nor stretches so wide
             as empty
             as empty.


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