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
and the unsung champions who make us see
that they never mattered.