i don't remember if tears welled forth

from the eyes i couldn't meet;

a somber day, marked by shame

and a stranger's cruel conceit.

i didn't heed how long you were gone,

trying to compose yourself,

to be strong and steady for me.

it felt like forever had come and gone.

in that strength, you gave me

what i didn't know i needed.

in the collaboration of habitual nightmares

my prevailing home was found

don't worry that i've forgotten

the bond that keeps me here

and don't fear that i'll ignore the past

with which i've reconciled

or the long tale of

tears, laughter

demons, angels

nightmares,

and the unsung champions who make us see

that they never mattered.