And she smiled one last time.

Looking back one last time.

Knowing all the while 

that this was the last.

And there he lay in his own pool,

not of blood

but of uncertain emotions

with confused ego

badly bruised badly.

He tried to stand

he couldn’t.

Finally, a tear fell.

‘Stop!’ he cried.


she turned back

looking again this time

with bloodshot eyes.

‘I stopped’ she said,

long before you