The silence rushes over my eardrums like
a wave pulling back from the shore-
It won't be good news, I think.
It never is,
not when the stillness
can drown out this pounding in my chest.
I nod and let you hug me, because
it makes you feel better.
As for me, I have turned to stone.
I get up to leave and my heart is screaming
though somehow I don't make a sound,
even as I pull
the door shut behind me.