The Way We Hurt Each Other

by Spencer Reed

he said “I’d love to” the way
most people say “over my dead body”
but all she heard were the words
and she wondered what went wrong
she said “sure, sounds fun” the way
most people say “what were you thinking?!”
but all he saw were her lips
and he wondered why she left early
he said “let’s go now” the way
most people say “bad dog!”
but all she heard were the words
and she hoped he was okay
she said “call me” the way
most people say “I need you, I love you, we were meant to be together!”
but all he saw was a chance to let go
and he hoped she’d forget about him for a while
he said “goodnight” the way
most people say “I’m afraid I care too much and it will make me run”
but all she heard was the word
and she was afraid he didn’t care
she said “I love you too” the way
most people say “I’m tired and you’re bothering me”
but all he saw was her back
and he was afraid nothing would ever change

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