Hello

I say hello, but I really mean I love you.
I ask how you are, but I mean to say I miss you.
I thought to type you a letter but my fingers hoover over the keyboard.
So instead I think of you.
I just about say, hello.

How are you?

I say hello, but I mean to say I want you.
I ask how you are, but I mean to say I need you.
I thought to tell you how I feel but my speech falls short.
So instead I think of you.
I just about say, hello.

How are you?

You tell me you’re okay, doing well you say.

How are you?

I’m okay I say, eye lashes flutter holding back tears.
I bite on my lower lip, stop myself from screaming.
I breathe in deeply, my chest aches with fear.
I push my palms against my heart, it keeps bleeding.

Inhale. Hold. Exhale – times three.
Yoga – tells me to breathe.

It doesn’t work, I get up and make tea.
One sugar, I stir reflecting on the bitterness of a broken heart.

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