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Solitary Toothbrush

I Stopped By Today



I stopped by today

to water plants

pet the old dog

who surely misses me


Everything was much the same

as when I left you

took a four-month road trip

of self-imposed self-discovery


Looking closely though

I spot subtle differences

my photo missing

a single toothbrush in the holder


I stand there a moment

taking it in

your new life

tidy

solitary

one without me


You moved your pillow

to my side of the bed

reading glasses and neatly stacked papers

reveal your nighttime presence there


I wonder about this change

maybe my light was better

maybe you miss me

questions I have no right to ask


Plants watered

the dog made to feel loved

I leave a note by your/my light

declaring


I stopped by today

and then

impulsively


I love you



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