How To Feel

She had never imagined
That he would say such things
And in the moment, she froze
Mouth agape without realizing

She could not even speak
He’d stated the painful truth
That had over some time
Begin to bear its secret fruit

She’d chosen to say nothing
Deciding it was best that way
But also felt her hollow spaces
Getting smaller every day

What ripened between them
Was bruised in some spots
Still it was clear in all other areas
That there were no signs of rot

But words are mercurial things
Which can both harm and heal
Yet together in their silence
Both were sure just how to feel