With parting imminent
Afraid to say those final words,
Too vulnerable to muster
Expression of enduring love
To blow aside the bluster.
Too gruff to welcome sentiments,
To free them from tied tongues.
Indignance mutes the poignant truth
That now remains unsung.
May parting draw in softer lights –
A rose-truthed clarity –
The last exclaiming of a heart, saying
‘She’s everything to me.’