Who’s there?

I can’t see you. Not like before, when I knew for sure,

you were right behind me, always there.

I didn’t even have to turn around to know.

Didn’t have to ask.

We were meant to be together, right?

Forever.

I thought so, but that was a long time ago.

Then one day it dawned on me.

Well, maybe not all at once like a lightning strike,

but I knew, the truth, how you were growing smaller,

would disappear in the end.

I didn’t have to turn around to see it. No empirical evidence necessary.

I just knew. You know? The way we all know sooner or later.

I knew, because I realized time, finally understood how it works,

how it will shrink, shrivel, erase.

How many things can you name that always grow bigger over time?

I’m not talking about a child, or a tree.

Think geologic time.

Even the Big Island, Kīlauea still building it, and Lō‘ihi, just beginning,

they will one day be reduced to coral reefs beneath the waves.

So I know, even if a tiny tail wind whiff of you is still with me,

you’ll be gone finally, simply disappear.

Hey, I shouldn’t make you out the bad guy, though.

Really, it’ll be me leaving you behind. I’m the villain here,

a tongue unsaying you into a starry night and sleep.

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