|This is so good. I love the repetition of the "refrain" and love how it changes at each repetition.
You so capture the way a relationship can drift and suffer, even when people love each other.
I just lost my brother in October and can so identify. I had drifted from him. Not through a rift in our relationship, but due to physical distance and an abusive husband who attempted (and succeeded) in separating us. Later, after the divorce, I could have repaired that distance, but didn't, through inertia, I guess. I will always regret the relationship we could have had, and that I wanted, but neglected, thinking, like you, there was plenty of time for that.
Thanks for helping me through this by realizing others have it, too.