5. “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?” by Al Green
You play it for the 47th time since last Tuesday; Al Green’s voice blares in your ear while his words resonate in your heart. You’re driving home after seeing The Ex-boyfriend. I-95 at night does little to hold your interest and you’re alone with your thoughts. For the 47th time since last Tuesday, you think about what you could have said or done to change the course of the history between you and he. Not you and The Ex. That history is one you’ve resigned yourself to. You’re thinking of “the one that got in the way.” The catalyst for change. The Hurricane. For the 47th time since last Tuesday, you think about the fine lines in his lips that you’re never going to trace again. You think about all of the things that you haven’t said, the things that you’ll probably never get an opportunity to say. You think of, for a moment, this silly alternate reality in which you and he can be happy, consisting of walks in the park and matinee horror flicks. You sigh. You change the song.