Her eyes sparkled like a million summer afternoons
Her laughter bubbled like a mountain spring
Her words tumbled over one another like a litter of puppies
So eager to find out what the world had in store.

I saw her like this…I knew her this way.
I understood the beauty, and the hope, and the life she found in every moment of every day.

Then I watched as her scintillating aura was splintered into a thousand winter evenings
The sun in her eyes replaced with dew
The well of laughter dried up in a matter of days
And no longer were there any joyful words to mix themselves together –
They all found their way onto pages of notebooks in the dead of the night

I saw her like that, too. I knew her that way.
I understood the pain, and the darkness, and the heartbreak she discovered beneath everything she once adored.

Why couldn’t you let her be?



6 thoughts on “Once

  1. Well, since you asked…I think your writing is sublime. This is one of those pieces that will stick with me for a long time. The third line is especially brilliant. So glad I found your blog!

    1. Thank you so much – that means a lot. And I’m glad it was memorable. Your comment made my night! 🙂

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