It had all the earmarks of goodbye
that night
now, so far away, so fleeting

Only I did not know it at the time.

Like a detective, I piece the story together
the words, the gestures
the look on your face
what you could not bear to tell me

Now I see from behind
the finality of it
Your gift meant to remind me
of a time when I mattered more
A time when you could find me
in a place that even I
did not know existed


San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

Linda Laino is an artist and teacher living in Mexico. An occasional writer and poet, she enjoys playing with words as much as form and color. Finding beautiful things on the ground is a favorite pastime. Her paintings and jewelry can be viewed at her web pag, and Etsy-

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