one-way street

you stood right there
sat on that chair
walked beside me
then without words
without goodbye
you were gone

i stood right there
sat on that chair
walked beside you
wishing for words
even to say good bye
but instead
you were gone

i once broke life into years
then months
weeks
and finally, hours and minutes
until i stood alone
waiting

we had no guarantees
and all measured time
was broken into fragments
memories and word pictures
of empty chairs
wreckage where goodbye
belonged

while i stood alone, waiting
you were gone
without goodbye
you were gone
and life was as i thought

a one-way street