a child looks on as voices rant and rail. a single tear falls
"on this dark and quiet night, my only companion is the flicker of the dashboard lights. my thoughts are at rest, i am steeped in rote as i retrace the well-known path toward home..."
"i was old at twenty, cynical in the ways of love, having loved and lost a time or two. i was smarter than i am now, certain of my conclusions and stances, able to categorize the world neatly into black and white..."
"i can feel the changes coming as the pressure builds up inside my chest, deep in my soul..."
"it was only a joke to lighten the moment, a thought i shared to break the tension that backfired into a passion i was unprepared to deal with, leading to a risk i didn’t want to take."