This poem is by Patrick Rifino
It’s been a year
Since you’ve seen me here
But I told you just one more
Another trip, another goal
And maybe then I will feel whole.
The ebbs and flows
The places I go.
You ask me to stay
But yet I go away and tell you just one more.
I give you ring and it makes you smile
Till I tell you it’s going to be a while.
So I tell you just one more.
We buy a house, I go to school
But we both know I feel like a fool.
This isn’t me, I’m trying though
So I can show you I’m ready to grow.
But in the end I’m failing
I packed my bags, looked at her and smiled.
“Just one more” she said knowing it would be a while.
Before I wrote, before I called, before I did anything at all.
I said “of course” and went away
Nothing as simple as love could force me to stay.