I can undertake, your taking yourself away:
Accustomed to the coldness, the lack-of-hand
Upon my knee; forgotten yesterday.
These differences between us still won’t lend
To thoughts that you no longer are a friend.
So taken away you are, to another bed.
This I undertake; but understand,
The sting is in your smile to him, instead.
There are times when losing a partner is rewarding, freeing, and generally for the best. THere are other times, however, where it is like losing a friendship. That is the sharpest of stings.