this is how i say goodbye

i shut my mind’s eye
& pretend you are not here

i don’t turn around to walk away, i back-walk.
you’d feel my presence but, i’d be gone

you’d hear, in whispers, my voice–
it would feel so real you’d
think i am leaning on you
& talking in tones hushed
like i used to those nights i knew you–
but, that’s just memories of us
playing on the records of your mind

like a hologram
you’d be happy in my absence
because it would feel like my presence

you’d go on to live fulfilled
you’d go on to laugh carefree
you’d go on to love genuinely
unware of the canyon between us

this is how i say goodbye
without saying ‘goodbye’

30, a collection of poems by Jaachi Anyatonwu
Jaachị Anyatọnwụ
Jaachị Anyatọnwụ is a poet, editor, and publisher living in the suburbs of Aba. He is the author of numerous poetry chapbooks and collections, and the Editor-In-Chief of Poemify Publishers Inc. Jaachị is passionate about discovering new voices and mentoring emerging poets. He is also a fierce advocate for the boy child and sexually molested.

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