He knows it's daytime when people

rush, herding to their classes and jobs and families

(He doesn't see the sun)

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She knows it's night when the air

chills and the streets empty, and the people go home

(She still can't sleep without him)

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His words fall like stones against

her deaf ears as she walks towards a vague hope of

independence.

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Words like sticks surround her

feet as she tries to leave him behind, mirages

of his eyes on the street.

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They used to dance together, then walk together, then alone

together, still side by side

(she misses their silences)