At Long Last…

I’ve watched your footsteps

etched in the mud you tread

seen in them the dreams

you’ve heartlessly murdered

dying, gasping for breath

I’ve stayed close

hidden away in corners though

lest your shadows

reveal mine to you

I’ve inhaled your breaths

tired and exhausted

from the coffee mugs

you leave behind

my world is tilted

on the verge of extinction

leaning on the delusion

that used to be you

at long last

I see you clear

a haze of self-doubt

envelopes you whole

in a vacuum of remorse

you’re lost

body and soul

and try as I might

I can’t extract you

for I might lose myself

irretrievably