you keep the guilt alive
her last email to me reminded me
that i was amazing yet married
that i'd done nothing wrong to her
just that it was just too weird between us
and better for her not to keep in touch
best of luck and please don't take it personal, she said
her words burning me over and over again as i read
memorizing this fresh end like a shakespearian sonnet
thinking you keep the guilt alive doing it this way.
John Grochalski is the author of two books of poetry: The Noose Doesn't Get Any Looser After You Punch Out (2008, Six Gallery Press) and Glass City (2010, Low Ghost Press). He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, the part the tour buses avoid.