Instructions for The One That Got Away


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When the morning comes,
open the windows
and let the light fill in the spaces and cracks
that used to be the safe abode
of unpretty things we’ve learned to love
in the dark. Honey, please
open the windows wide.

When the morning comes,
turn up the music
and dance even though my hand
is no longer there to hold.
Don’t think of my laughter when I first
heard you sing along. Honey, please
turn up the music loud.

When the morning comes,
whisper a prayer
until you can hear God Himself apologize.
Let the heavens do the weeping
on our behalf. Honey, forgive us.
It’s such a shame to find such great love
we were never meant to have.