Poetry

“Suitcases”

Written by Mariam Ismail

“I could spot the outline of a suitcase on their heart…”

I grew up well acquainted with people leaving me.

I could spot the outline of a suitcase on their heart

Hear the excuses they fit into the middle of a conversation.

I learned how to back away slowly

Let them ease their way comfortably out the door

Always keeping in mind

That you can’t force someone to stay.

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