hardened

clenched fist
edge of a cliff
howling wind
hollow victory
some kind of warrior
celebrates survival
another day again

why
isn't it
tranquil fires burning
moments made for loving
books to read together
cracked marshmallows to toast
looking above to learn
how right it could be

why
is it
always struggling
head above water
mutually wounding
equally guilty
forever tension
monotonous battle

what makes it impossible
to say goodbye