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 once upon a time

Walking through the deserted landscape of my mind
I find myself wishing for one more day.
One more moment to be at peace with you.
Simple moments when we strolled and hugged.
Sunlight easing its way through the branches of trees
casting shadows on broken leaves.

Arm in arm we spoke quietly to one another.
I now realize that I never once said I love you.
Always hiding from what?
Imagined slights and hurts.

This is where I end up.
Wishing for one more day to spend with you to tell you I love you
Knowing now, that had I held you and asked do you love me, we might be together.
Instead here I end, kicking my way through broken leaves.
The sunlight casting shadows as it tears my heart apart.

I’m lost in those shadows as I think of you.
All I had to do was say I love you.
I think often of those words, 
Simple to utter but complex in their simplicity.
All I needed was courage, courage to say i love you
Would I still be kicking my way through broken leaves?
Would I still be wishing for that elusive, one more day with you.

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