Since your heart stopped,
I've been listening to the silence
between the heartbeats.
It can be a lonely place to linger,
filled with the absence of you,
but I cannot drag myself away
because there are moments
where memory, need, and despair
are able to pull you in so close
that I can
almost
feel myself wrapped in your embrace,
lay my head against your chest
and hear your love
break through the silence
between the heartbeats.

~Elise Skidmore ©2020

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