the night routine (or, I’ve seen this movie and know how it ends)

I know your day ended sometime around 6,
& you’re still out there, running circles for your habit.

It is exhausting to watch from the sidelines
& there is a 12-step program
that tells me not to

so I don’t,
for my own sanity.

It’s probably harder
to be you

& so bitter, to know our lives
go on evenly

without you in them,
like you weren’t even gone,
or ever really there
in the first place.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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