Tagged: farewell

the white azaleas

the white azaleas
dad planted at the side of
our house wave so long,

so long when we back out of the
driveway from winter to fall
.
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we can call it an

we can call it an
accident – the way
we prepare
to distance
ourselves, the good-
bye before
the farewell, the
parting before
the departure.
somehow, we
uncover more
layers than
anticipated, and bodies
begin to invent
excuses
where none were
required before
.
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as though an after-

as though an after-
thought, you arrived an hour
ahead of schedule

as i prepare for my own
flight, a lonely departure
.
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at the entrance that is also

at the entrance that is also
an exit, we pile on
the well wishes
folding
and unfolding
like a time-
lapsed magnolia
confiding
to a breeze
.
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they put you through

they put you through
the incinerator so
fast yesterday
those who were still
standing felt a gusty
sigh
between their fingers
as they reached
out to cleave to that
last goodbye

and you were
that final,
dead knot
at the end of a string
of beads, burnt,
hardened,
securing us
so that we may
never again
come so undone
.
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these things appear

(for c)

these things appear
to be
so harmless –

a familiar hand
on a slip of paper

a trail of messages
scattered like crumbs

tethered letters
waiting to be proofed

no one to say
goodnight
to
.
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