In retrospect,
things are always clearer.
The end was not so much the end as it was

The last few days were mostly unnecessary
at best, penultimate.

Time gives us a different view on how things fell apart
how conversations went from easy to hard to impossible

Past tense allowing a view previously hidden.

Three years later some, we can see the napalm we thought were fireflies;
the avalanche we mistook for a snowball.