"I tell my friends I love them.
We laugh, but our laughs dissolve in the distance."
Heartbreaking, true and just sad. I have many friends who left Syria, and we text almost everyday, and we try to feel that our friendship is still as it used to be, but it's never the same. Distance is the worst thing that could happen to any relationship. Good to see you writing again, my friend.
Abed, I've missed your poetry and you being on here. This is absolutely heart-wrenching but your voice is so clear and unmistakable. I felt such a heavy atmosphere reading this. A sense of mourning. As always, your poems are intimate in that they express a pain many of us may relate to, but never truly know. That distance is so personal and can be incredibly hard to understand how to live with or without others, acknowledging the absence and that sense of yearning.