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in absentia

May 9, 2017

while each private grief is personal,
a gathering of private griefs
– where we each in our way
wear a tee-shirt of remembrance –
can elevate by reminding us
what we have in common

we brought our private sadnesses
and the spirit moved among us
and we opened our souls
and sang

not without sorrow
and not without pain
but also not without the joy
and the joy of life
that he still stirs up
in absentia

and so, slightly perplexed
by our buoyancy,
we drift into the night

shuffling mind photographs
and remembering well,
and mumbling to ourselves,
yes, I remember well

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