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I missed your day
by a day –
a taciturn
day it was for me:
Unsettled
restless345D18CE-2839-44E9-B136-0DD0B044893C_1_105_c
sleepless
night
dreamless
just
on the cusp
of yesterday
today
tomorrow
never.

On your day
this
summer
you’d be
73.
In the ethers
29 years now:
not long
for a fir tree
just reaching
fullness
on the mountain,
or for
frigid
water
furiously
cresting
round
volcanic boulder
mid stream
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your name
in your honor
brazen
brass
announcing
to all
you were
once
and forever
“a lover of this river.”
But I confess
I celebrated you
in the only way
I know:
staring at wildflowers,
their bold colors
feverishly bright
in afternoon sunF61638BA-4445-4E75-9DA5-7E7070A7B923_1_105_c
visited
by white butterflies,
listening to the
brash crows
cawing
landing
on the walnut tree
boisterous
young fledglings
in tow
beaks
open
bright
pomegranate
sounding
shrill
notes
of serious hunger;
a raccoon
big as a happy country marm
middle of the morn
teeter
tottering
on the back fence,
as though
she were
in verdant
rich glade
not mid city;
a goldfinch
in the feeder
I’d only just
filled
after 6 weeks of absence.
All the gifts
I get to
unwrap for you
this
so many years later,6DDF443C-36F6-4BCF-9146-A015F1B6E1ED_1_105_c
not the least:
a kiss
from our feisty
grand daughter
you never met.

As I near the other edge,
I feel closer
to that walk
in the morning fog
were we once
mused how
death might wrap
around us
sweetly
gently
silent
rocking us
in a last embrace….9B635732-AE91-4231-A5BC-B8C495343D13_1_105_c
The porch chimes
announce
sunset,
breezes
singing
this last chord:
in my heart
it will always
be your song,
always.

 

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