and they are gone - poetry

and they are gone (a poem)

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the tray is empty
timers all completed
a bowl of cereal
is warming in the sun
and they are gone

arms smiles and hugs
cries and demands
all silent
and missed
i am whole
and yet incomplete

i may never understand
the full loss
for all of us
i may never quit saying i’m sorry
even to myself
and the cat and dog

a quiet day
and empty evening
are restful
but not refreshing
and we try not to miss
them so much
we, the pets and i
prop up joyful

any regrets now
burned away
and the future is the heaven
we still strive for
and this slow moment
in this blustery day
even in sunlight
is cold
anticipating the weather


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