To stay

Gone Since Five circa 2000 by Rich Williams

She spends thirty dollars at the makeup counter boutique. She tries to hide her ugly with shades of blue and pink. I think she once spent ninety on a care bear tattoo. And if she could only find me, she’d say goodbye to you. You.

She wears some old clothing she bought at garage sales. It makes up for her knowing and once again she fails to be what you expected or even comprehend these battles that defeat you. You called yourself her friend.

She spends three hundred dollars on a ticket to nowhere. She tells the travel agent she doesn’t really care…

She’ll make up for it once more. She will find the words you were searching for and you, you will pay for this one day. When she remembers and decides to go away. To stay.

She remembers things now. The sadness that it brings now. In her mind it rings now ’cause all she knows is you.

She calls you from the payphone at her hotel/resort. She needs to buy a ticket, a ride to the airport. She says she wants to see you. She misses you again. These battles that defeat you, you called yourself her friend.

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