Now I Know Why

banshee

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This poem, published at poetry.com, was written in 1992 after finding out a friend of mine got together with someone I had had a crush on for a long time. I was O.K. with it but it still hurt. This poem was part of my healing process.

Now I know why
the wolf howls at night.
Now I know why
it sounds so alone.

It’s not like I ever had you.
It’s not like I ever would.
It’s just that a hope
had lodged in a corner
of my heart

And that corner,
has been ripped away.

Now I know why
the banshees wail
Now I know why
it chills the heart

For the wail
of the banshee
is the wail
of loss
And we don’t want to lose
that much.