Notes on the death of a friend

there is no competition

who grieves

misses most

nor a levelling of kinship



how closer to them you were

you talk like you know

for sure

how my relationship was

& how I could’ve been

a better friend

but this is not a time

for bitter

poor manners

or a straightening

this is a time

of grieving

of missing

what was

what might’ve been

& the loving

that happened


unless you come

with a direct channel

I will smile

& walk away

my thoughts are not



with you


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