Silent Treatment

her heart lay in tatters and rags
but there wasn’t much I could do about that
her mascara ran in dark rivulets
but I never reached out to wipe her cheeks
her breathe came in hitches and starts
but I turned up the TV and tuned out
her hand trembled with the glint of steel
but I told her she was being ridiculous
her voice became silent with nary a word
but who was I to issue a change
her body seemed to shrivel before my eyes
but if I turned away I didn’t have to see that
her absence turned glaring upon the third day
and I looked around in wonder of where we went wrong

tara caribou | ©2019

Read this and more in my poetry book, Four.

11 thoughts on “Silent Treatment

  1. It’s easy to ignore ‘little things’ and pretend they don’t exist, but they will eventually turn into something that is unable to be ignored. Like a crack slowly turning into a chasm. This is a poignant reminder that we need to take of the people we care about. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Yes! Exactly. Looking back, one could, if they chose to, see all the little warning signs, the missed hints, the entropy, the selfishness… may we choose to see those things now, before things take a permanent turn for the worse.

      Also: gratitude. Practice it.

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