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Thursday, April 03, 2008

All Kinds of Loss

Timeline

time doesn't fish to catch
us on a taut line; we are time:

nothing dies that has
had its place in time,

death is not the end
but a change of nature:

life simply goes out of sight,
to its true inheritor.

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Loss

loss is an expansive sea,
there is no end and no beginning
to its fullness of being,

keeping it company
on the edge of its shore:
dancing on a crowded floor,

it teaches the need
to stay nimble of sand
that is sucked from under feet,

and watch waves recede
to leave surfaces polished
clean and neat, yet raw.

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Shortcomings

Whoever loves another
Must learn to love
Their shortcomings,

But whoever loses another
Must learn to lose
Their shortcomings.

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