you break up with more than just
a person when they leave.
movie theatres, coffee shops,
CDs, all the favourite foods
you used to eat together. you have to
look old birthday gifts, his t shirts
in the face and tell them that it’s over.
move around the furniture. change
the bedsheets. stop visiting the things
that get your stomach spinning as fast
as rides at the carnival. now
you’re thinking about the carnival
he took you to on your third date.
now you have to change your
metaphors. you don’t just break up
with a person. you let go of every
second you spent wherever and
however you spent it as you
fell for them