Coat the walls with eggshell white
watch it drip onto the carpet.
if i looked at him more softly,
maybe he would’ve stayed.
i refrain from crying as this only takes more time.
it would be easier to buy a new home
than to remember in this one.
the room is covered in handprints.
i scrub at my skin,
tear at the carpet.
put down the frames
filled with uncertain smiles.
i admire my work.
and if he calls
i’ll pick up.