You stood in the doorway
with your turquoise necklace,
like a talisman protecting you.
I almost believed that nothing
in the world was strong enough
to hurt you,
I believed you'd never said
the word that changed the whole equation,
and that we were still beginning a story
not wrapping up the ending.
Then, you said,
"We should run away and never come back."
and I knew this time you meant it
as you had every other time,
only this time you didn't laugh
to let me off the hook.
What could I say, but,
"I wish we could. I really wish we could."
You cried as if nothing in this world
could ever turn out well, standing in the doorway
with your turquoise necklace
only a necklace again.