Of all the gifts

I gave you trust
and you tucked it into your pocket,
a gesture I saw as gratitude
until I realized it was wedged between
toads and stones.

I was frivolous with devotion
and though I secretly hope(d) for its return,
I no longer reserve a place for it
in the off chance…

and though I gave you my word,
that is one thing I intend to keep,

not for you,
but for myself.

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