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just long enough

Portions

Of past lives

Return

With smiles,

Others with tears.

A warm smile

On a familiar face

And a body

Changed

By the years-

The same eyes,

The same voice,

The same tenderness.

A brief visit

To the past-

Has it really been that long-

Just long enough

To smile

At the good

Memories,

Before remembering

The pain

Of the past.

Pulled back

From the dead

Long enough

To be missed fondly,

Not long enough

For all the blanks

To be filled back in.

 

Just long enough.

 

Timothy Vance Jackson

November 19, 2012

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