Poetry

“Vanish” by Rudy Francisco.

They will push you away, tell you
to leave, but have no idea how good
you are at following instructions.

When you vanish, but your ghost
becomes a guest they cannot get rid of
and the memory of you plays
resurrection with their smile,
they will ask where you went,
if you will come back and why
you gave up so easily,
as if they didn’t own the voice
that requested your disappearance.

They now know solitude does not
scare people like us
and our absence is something
that we are not afraid to give
to those who call for it.

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