Player 2 has left the game

Your arms can reach around me
fingers interlocked across the dip in my spine.
Your eyes can pull me to you
from across a long line of ether.

But we’ve spoken at length
about the holes in our psyches,
you’ve finally unzipped the goddess suit
and shown me the sweaty skin below.

I’ve maintained my heart, fastened tight to my sleeve
but I’ve loosened my tongue, unscrewed my filter
my game codex changer

I’ve been unlocked and led limp to the ways of the high road
difficulty be damned

But you’re not behind me.

I look on either side, and I am not alone
I am walking with sunshine and skylines and clouds
I am walking with voices and jogging for miles

But you’re not beside me.

I look in front and I know you’re not there
I would know the back of you anywhere

I don’t want to look above
if I know already that you aren’t above me
you must be gone from this world

Gone from the path
Or maybe you were never there in the first place.

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