gift

your package arrived today
wrapped in bouyant red
and snowy white

on first glimpse
i read your mind

beautifully wrapped
your anger?
disdain?
rejection?
even your jealousy

no need to open
(no paper conceals that much)
yet i did
because i knew your message
deserved the potency
of my receipt

rising chorus of frustration
the descant:
endless search for closure
the only part of your life
that echoes a piece of mine

we travel different highways
in different directions
you think i am the problem
personified

truth is
you have everything
and so do i
and neither of us
can accept it

but i can accept
this merry missive
steeped in guilt
tinged with fault
illustrated by pure pain

i earned it

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