It's better this way

Whatsapp_image_2019-03-24_at_16.04.23__1_by Jessica Hopkins06 Feb 2018

She laughs, tilts her head
slightly.

“It’s better this way”.
Her hands move swiftly
as she ties the ribbon onto my head

i see our reflection --
she moves out of the frame,
-- the glass mirrors turn into a fog.

i flinch from the pain
in my chest

she turns she gasps - she decides
that I’m worth her time,
her love and her sighs

I decide:
she is worth more.