It hurts like snake poison
Mixed with crushing weight
Of the icy mountains of north.
To have loved and been betrayed
Is the worst of afflictions.
You ask me how did I not smell this
I want to laugh and say
“Well, I had a runny nose!”
But the truth is far painful
To let me even smile,
All that happens is wrinkles around my eyes
And my parched lips
That have not touched a drop of water
For the fear of dying of thirst.
Was it really necessary?
To break a heart that lay at your feet
Beating every second when you breathe.
The magnanimity of it all amazes me
And fills me with wonder
At my own naivety
But others tell me its not
They say it’s my inability
To see and accept the truth.
They tell me you were like this
All along, and that I had been hurting
All along for days and nights.
It’s over now, no point in dwelling
They say to have loved and lost
Is better than to have never loved at all
But I would trade it willingly
This stinging pain of betrayal
For those sunny days of freedom.