“When U Go Away or I” by Joseph Roque


If it escapes you now
perhaps
someday you'll understand.

Everybody's always moving fast,
thinking they can outrace and outlast
all the lonely down and dragged out days.

The smiles I leave you with are real.
The warmth. The caring.
They are not part of a fleeting game
I play, like you hide and I seek or
you run and I chase—they are a gift,
outright and unrequited.

Not just for now, but for always --
like this poem — to be read
on those days you couldn't
outrun, those days when you
have time to think
or need,
of those that love you.