Tagged: goodbye

september arrives

september arrives
with the monarch butterflies,
five generations

all at once waving hello
and goodbye in our backyard
.
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we will gather at

we will gather at
least seven times to pay our
respects, say goodbye –

for both the dead and the living,
loss takes longer to sink in
.
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when we said goodbye

when we said goodbye
to the Toona sinensis
and the Hibiscus

syriacus this afternoon,
no one came to pay their respects
.
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we arrive at the

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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she had fantasized

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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in a couple of weeks

in a couple of weeks
you will no longer
be able to tell
where the mend is

this is what she promised
the afternoon she tried

and after time had passed
when i found that i could still
lay a finger on it
i saw her again

if you could stop
dwelling
for even one
morning with me, it will
go away

this is her response
an escapist guess, at best

and on the morning i stopped
the room was empty
a loose goodbye to chew on
a stray silence
.
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