He Didn't Believe Her

by Joan Serratelli

He didn't believe her
when she said she would go
He didn't listen
to her plea for help
He didn't hear her
crying all night
He simply didn't love her
enough to fight.

He thought
she would always stay
He thought
she would be there
in the light of the day
and the dark of the night

He wasn't there
when it happened
He wasn't there
when she left
He wasn't there
when she decided to go

She would never know
how he loved her
She would never know
how much he grieved
She would never know
how intensely he cared

She thought
her parting was painless
She thought
that he would simply go on
without even a care

She wasn't there
to hear him crying
She wasn't there
to see his grief
She wasn't there
to hear his pleas.

She didn't believe him
when he told her to stay
She didn't listen
when he told her not to go
She didn't hear him
when he begged her to live
She simply didn't love him
enough to be saved


Author's Note: A story about miscommunication.

Posted on 02/25/2006
Copyright © 2021 Joan Serratelli

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