Poem in Which We Break Up

You broke up with me via a detailed diagram
illustrating the peaks and troughs of our relationship,
alongside the general and projected trajectory,
– a romantic parabola, you said –
indicating that while there had recently begun
what appeared a promising sort of climb
from a really bad place (linked on your diagram
to a small image of me refusing to go snorkelling)
we had in fact plateaued
You also typed a useful list for me to keep
highlighting examples from among our friendship group
eg Emily and Vince both enjoy fun runs on Sundays
Luke and Sarah wash their sheets three times a week
Amy and Nathan leave gratitude post-its in cereal boxes
and schedule their love making

Petra Kamula

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