Standing Still

Standing still
I am here
I am lost
Am I lost?
I am here
Here standing still
Listening
Listening to
The pounding of my heart
Listening to my heart
Slows
Its frantic beating
To a rhythmic rhyme
The poetry of my heart
The prose of our story
You
When you walked away
All noise
Stopped
The silence palpable
I stood still
Unable to move
In shock
Stillness and silence
Bring its own noise
A cacophony of silence
I listen
Listen
For your footsteps
Surely you did not
Mean to walk
Away
How can the quiet
Be this loud
Stillness surrounds
Me
Still I wait.

Chris Riley