Did you know that I lost you
long before the words
escaped your mouth?

I slept next to a body
that had it’s arms around me
but whispered
someone else’s name

I went on dates
and sat across tables
separated by more than just a few inches,
and watched you stare at your phone
while you fell in love with someone else

I spat out the words ‘I love you’
without losing my breath
like a trapped animal
begging for mercy
when I looked in your eyes,
and saw that you were already gone.