Alleviating The Ache

Every day is a little harder.
Every day is a little easier.
Every day is a little reminder.
Every day is a little forget.

And the ache is there.
In heart
Head.
Lungs.
Elbows.
Toes.
Hair

And the ache is there.
In bed.
Car.
Basement.
Kitchen.
Living room.
Family room.

It is there.
In minutes.
Moments.
Seconds.
Breaths.
Heartbeats.
Hours.
Days.
Weeks.
Months.

But they say,
“The pain won’t last forever.”
“The ache will lessen.”
“The ache will one day cease to be.”

And they say,
“Start dating again.”
“Keep your heart open to love.”
“Let me give your name and number to this great guy I know.”

But you’re afraid.
To say yes.
To give love another chance.
To open your heart to that final hurt again.

For the ache is there.
It is always there.
Every day, it is there.

Until one day
You meet him.
Not your husband.
Not even close.
Someone different.
Someone new.

And you give him a chance.
You unlock your heart.
You open your soul.
To this someone else.
To this someone different.
To this someone new.

The ache is still there.
But it is quiet.
It sits in the dark
On a wooden stool.
In an empty room.

Every day, the ache is less.
Less present.
Less real.
More a dream.

Though the ache won’t ever fully leave,
It is alleviated.

March 2021 Writing Prompts – Putting My Feet in the Dirt

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