This Small Apartment

I came back to this small apartment, and the ghosts clung to the walls. Memories of love, memories of anger, memories of us. A thick layer of regret on every surface.

I cut myself on the jagged shards of our traumas we both shoved carelessly into the corners of that place where years of unspoken yearning was finally realized.

I could find no wound. Yet, I bled and bled.

I feared the power of those ghosts in those first days after the end.
I raged against them in the months that followed.

Finally, finally, I exhausted tears and rage.
I spoke with those ghosts, in quiet tones as I began to make my peace.
I learned to love them and saw they loved me back.

Ours was not a love story, yet it was filled with love.
Ours was not a tragedy, yet it was filled with tears.

I hope you hate me, because I know it will be easier for you. I don’t have that luxury.

I will never be able to forget you, little one. I will carry you and the love we shared with me until the day I die like a scar fromĀ  navel to clavicle.

You will always be my greatest regret.
You will always be the mistake I had to make, yet never forgive myself for making.

Thank you for your love.
Thank you for your rage.
Thank you for showing me who I really was.
Thank you for teaching me my limits, at last.