love. (lost?)

i remember you.
when first we met
i, barely more than a child
you, already touched by war.
two different worlds
converging.

you
overcame my shyness
with your admiration for
my writing skills.
we
talked and exchanged numbers.
though we lived in the same town,
rarely met face-to-face
hours would pass on the telephone.

i remember you
you said
i
ruined
you
for any other woman.
but you kept returning
to them.
and then you let
me
go
too easily.
(why didn’t you fight for me
why didn’t you tell me
then
how you felt?)

i
lost
you
again
years later
when i returned.

she
had ruined you
for any other woman
even me.
but we talked again
more now;
and just when i thought
there was hope for
us,
you
abruptly left
me
for
another.

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Wendy C Garfinkle

Wendy is a writer and editor who holds multiple degrees from several universities, including MA and MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She's the author of SERPENT ON A CROSS, a Jewish Medieval Fantasy, and a poet. She has served as a copy editor and panel reader for Hippocampus Magazine, as a reader for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, and as an editor and proofreader for Booktrope and its Gravity Imprint. Wendy's most recent venture is her freelance editing business, Grammar Goddess Editing. In her day job, Wendy is a crime analyst for a sheriff's office. Her hobbies include writing, reading,and traveling. She lives in South Florida with her teenage son.

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