To A Lover No Longer

by Alivia Begin

i tell you this with trepidation,
with each syllable tugging at my throat,
but crumbling
into empty air
and i can feel your eyes
like axes
breaking into me.

when your hand carries mine
with the warmth of another,
i feel the winter
behind my ribcage,
the frost finding my
i do not miss your guilty skin.

i am telling you that
i do not love you
and you cannot force me to,not even with your bitten
lips still burning
my skin.

Author Bio: Alivia Begin is a junior at East Granby High School and the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. Recently affected by the loss of three loved ones by suicide, Alivia has dedicated much of her efforts toward the path through grief and discovering herself and her voice within her writing.