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At last

It’s been a busy National Poetry Month.  To celebrate, I’ve been writing along with the daily prompts on Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides blog.  Today was the final prompt – to write a “fade away” poem.  I got to thinking about what it’s like to watch someone drive away – to be left behind, and to be glad to be wherever you have landed.  That’s often how I feel these days – learning to live happily with myself, digging the earth, finding joy in the smallest things.  At last…

At last

This graying fleck in the dust behind you
this ampersand laughing scooping up
ochre earth in the summer breeze
is the fool who learned at last
how to love his own soul.
This lingering smile
just before I
fade away
call it
joy.

 

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