I Wonder If You Knew Back Then

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I wonder if you knew back then
That grief would have a name
And it would taste like me
Bitter, like the dregs
Of pitch black coffee
I left upon your lips

I wonder if you knew back then
That you would have to bury
Me, in the splintered coffin
Built inside your mind
Knowing I carry heartbeat
Still, just no longer yours

I wonder if you knew back then
That ghosts are not people
But memories that stain
Endless, like faded nicotine
Under cracked fingers
Never scrubbed away

I wonder if you knew back then
Of the sound loneliness makes
The hollow scratching that
Claws inside your chest
Tearing flesh from bone
And me from you

I wonder if you knew back then
That I was made from the grit
Woven through tangled earth
And the salt flung across
Tempestuous ocean
Wild and unafraid

I wonder if you could have known
Of all you would come to lose
The day my worth was found
I wonder if you will ever know
You did not break me, my love
You saved me.

Image courtesy Dreamfootage

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