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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