“It could have been worse”
I know it now and I knew it then, too
but I came out crawling, battered and bruised
from a fall in the street, from a throwdown
I could not do it again; the strength it took
just to claw back up, gather a semblance
of self; to grow and to heal
so happy anniversary – I am sure
you don’t remember, I am sure
that for you, it’s over
but I will not forget quickly
in another year, or in twenty

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