Empty Shell

And now
finally returned
to human form,
the tubes and machines
surrounding and running into
the body
carted away,
leaving what used to be.

You shared
a million things
with the person
that used to
live inside this,
and now
those memories
are yours alone.

Your life together
is half-gone,
and even if
you wrote the memories down,
the careless magic
they lived inside
would be missing.

The shell stares into space
with the same blankness
as your future.

You’re being erased.

-GD Butler

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