Miles in Between Adjacent Seats

Miles in Between Adjacent Seats

A Poem by Heromen Selena

Kind of an emotional piece. I've had quite a few of these moments the past couple years and wanted capture the precise feelings on paper

Heartbreaking departure
Sitting in plastic seats in beside each other
Both of us waiting for your group to be called to board

Weeks of talks, fights, plans
Lead to this one moment
Yet we dare not to speak, let alone look at one another

Embracing with our arms, but not with our hearts
Striving for normalcy, barely concealing the dread festering
Anchoring itself in our minds
Playing images, scenarios of our deepest fears
Rooting deeply into our bond, a scar resides among many

Over head the speakers sound
A bird like voice begins the count down
Unknowing she’s counting to how our next three years will be

So many airports
So many early shuttle buses to
So many more shattering moments just like this one we’re in now

To upset to say anything
Just barely able to withstand rising from the seat
Look in each other’s eyes one last time
Trying to bridge the gap that’s already enormous
Though you haven’t left yet

On the verge of a meltdown from the weight of these goodbyes
I open my mouth to provide comfort and forgiveness
But my throat seals shut and no loving words can be forced out

“I gotta go,” passes my ears from your lips chapped from the nervous biting
The phrase brushes around me, I acknowledge them
But they do not settle

“Don’t do anything stupid,” I plead 
As your head disappears in the tunnel
Knowing all too well that it’s inevitable
That you and I will both do stupid things
A useless attempt at keeping the normalcy 

© 2016 Heromen Selena

Author's Note

Heromen Selena
Hello reader! Thank you for taking the time to read this poem! I hope you enjoyed it and would love to appreciate your constructive feedback down in the review section. For me this was a meaningful story telling one of the most vulnerable moments in my life. Let me know what you think!

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well written
and real- flesh on the page...
how else would you want to write?

Posted 3 Years Ago

Heromen Selena

3 Years Ago

Thank you for reading!
I felt heartbreak at reading this poem and a lot of emotion from the words. Such beautiful, beautiful words you have used. I really felt that I was standing in the airport in the waiting room an looking at this couple who were about to part ways. Very touching and I can imagne it was difficult to write.


Posted 3 Years Ago

Heromen Selena

3 Years Ago

Thank you I'm glad you enjoyed reading it!
I can see you're trying to capture a theme or a story you have. However if feel detected and unclear. The structure is great thought :)

Posted 4 Years Ago

Heromen Selena

3 Years Ago

I'm sorry, but I'm not quite sure what you are saying here. Could you explain your thoughts a little.. read more
I do understand this poem.
"So many airports
So many early shuttle buses to
So many more earth shattering moments just like this one we’re in now"
I hate to travel. I have become a homebody. I felt the stress and struggle in your words. Thank you my friend for sharing the excellent poetry.

This review was written for a previous version of this writing

Posted 4 Years Ago

Heromen Selena

4 Years Ago

Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked my poem :)
Coyote Poetry

4 Years Ago

I did enjoy my friend and you are welcome.

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Added on September 30, 2016
Last Updated on October 7, 2016
Tags: flights, long distance, relationships, long distance relationships, love, distance, planes, heartbreak


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