It was never spoken 

Or written in word

No secret spilled

Or story heard.

Just the known

And needed distance 

No anger helping

Just required resistance.

It’s not in the need

Or even the want 

Just in what it is

Nothing to flaunt.

A loneliness so deep

An appreciation shared

Connection natural 

For those who cared.

While what is known is real

Silence a permanent ache

Ignore the presence 

For survival’s sake.