If Loneliness...

If loneliness
had a texture,
it would be sandpaper.

It scratches
against your mind
and leaves you raw.

If loneliness
had a color,
it would be gray.

Blue is too reminiscent
of sunny skies;
gray is the shade
of an overcast heart.

If loneliness
had a taste,
it would be bittersweet.

There’s a certain
sour quality to it
that lingers.

But nothing is sweeter
than the hope of
something better to come.

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