By Michael W. Raley
For a once solid relationship,
Which was built on love, trust, faith, laughs, and deep conversations,
The dynamics have changed forever.
Since you left,
The deafening sound of silence has dominated the conversation in this house.
We now talk occasionally and as always, with civility,
But something feels off to me.
I know this process has to run its course,
However, I now find myself in this awkward in-between,
Where I don’t know what to say to you,
As if we are strangers meeting for the first time.
We are both living our new lives
After half of a lifetime together.
I know I must adapt to the new reality
And find my own way without you.