was empty, creased-free
when I woke up again this morning
forgetting you had to leave
that I have to do things by
it was already ten A.M.
the sun was high but I
can’t feel the heat
only the coldness of the nights
I tried to bear, endless nights without you.
I dragged myself from the bed
fix a cup of hot coffee
I looked for your favorite mug
but the usual spot was empty
remembering you took it with you.
I took a cold shower
hoping the pain will ease a bit
even for awhile
but the splatter of the water on my face
only mingled with my tears.
dripping wet, I opened my wardrobe
and saw only pastel, soft garments
no faded denims, no dark colored shirts.
quietly I dressed up
went downstairs and I say
goodbye out loud
another slap on my face
that there’s no one will answer back
I crossed down the street
without looking back
why should I
if I knew that it was just
an empty house.
Lanie Shanzyra Rebancos is a Filipino author of three anthologies, book reviewer and a Pushcart prize nominee. Her works have been published worldwide and made the honorable mention awards at Japan
and Germany for her poetry. She is now recently working on her fourth book.