kicking at the earth beneath my feet, i face defeat. thinking about the ones i know. slouched, head in hands, tears fall in strands - they form a pool, and i reflect. the saying’s false, i find, that “nothing goes as planned” because there’s a bitter truth in time: someday, we all end. i keep this thought in mind. it is nested in my head. our paths are marked. we’ll see the other side. i’ll be cold and dressed in black. there’ll be nothing to keep me as warm as your love. abandoned and stunned, this feeling I can’t shake. you gave me life, now yours is gone. all light has left your eyes and i cry. i tell myself part of you is still in sight, but I know the truth: you trailed off to somewhere else, at a distance I can’t reach. the smell of you will linger and there’ll be nothing left to hold. you trailed off to somewhere else, where I hope we’ll meet again. faded pictures, our innocent smiles - how happy we were to be around. running from fate like we’re everlasting. hiding from truths I don’t want to know. someday, we’ll fade out like a faded picture – ephemeral.