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Your tether went slack not long ago,
though I can’t say when exactly,
the moment slipped by in silence, unnoticed,
like a cloudscape changing on a windless day.
I was sure I would feel it, so accustomed was I
to hauling your weight around after me,
such a heavy ghost, tenacious and solid,
with the kind of staying power the real you
didn’t possess, at least not for me,
not in the end.



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Lauren Phillips-Freeman

Lauren Phillips-Freeman

Lauren Phillips-Freeman is a language teacher and writer with a love of words in all their forms. She uses writing to help her process her own tangled emotions.