A veil lifts and anguish recedes
dawn streaks of resignation
puncture the darkness of grief.
It has been a long way back.
Friends have become indifferent
boredom has replaced concern.
In youth, pride cloaks emotions
insouciance and detachment project
counterfeit messages of the heart
always play it cool – never flinch.
Now truth is important
even as it betrays desperation.
not quite welcomed
not quite evicted. A close run thing.