forgiving those

who are not sorry

hadn’t spoken in thirty years

& then I found out

you were dead for five of those

& a half sister

who couldn’t be bothered to tell me

hiding on the end of the phone

whispered hints from another

he’ll be after the money

be careful what you say

& how to begin the conversation

don’t worry honey

our mother gave me nothing

but the light of day

& you who she gave everything

can’t even be bothered

to give me the news

the time of day

I’m not expecting anything

from the likes of you

& we sign off

no meeting of souls

no nothing no way back

way forward

just another one way street

one more dead soul

I have to forgive

who doesn’t feel sorry

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