By Lynn Ford

Like a wolf,
protector of its pack,
his eyes aflame,
he stared down the boys
who treat hearts like toys.
He ignited my hopes
said I’d never cry alone.

He said
I love you.

I said
But for how long?

He said
Forever and always.

Like the winter cold,
false hope bit our noses,
but I clung to his neck.
Blue eyes that pierced me
like flames that lovingly
brought hope in the starless nights,
also pleaded for rescue.

I said
I love you baby.

He said
And I love you.

I said
Forever and always?

He said
Through thick and thin.

Like sugar,
his lips tasted like trust,
his cologne smelled like home.
Secrets whispered, shared, and kept,
my vault, off the cliff I leapt,
engulfed in his blue-flame eyes.
Our flames became fire.

I said
I miss you.

He said
I miss you too.

I said
Through thick and thin?

He said
No matter what.

Like ice,
his friends touch his flame,
careless wolves eager to escape.
He’s captivated by her stare.
My flame flickers with despair.
Laughing his way up the sky,
his blue-iced eyes stare blankly at my tears.

I said
Good morning.

He said

I said
I love you.

He said
Love u.

Like a nightmare,
his ears numb to my plea,
he blew cold kisses on my flame.
Now 4:20 is their favorite time of day,
the boys and him laughing with MJ.
Mascara stains on my pillow
all his promises lost in their smoke.