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When Somewhat-Strangers Die

listening to songs about heartbreak,

and then i saw your face.  just a thumbnail

on a screen, a bubble of light and life

surfacing out of nowhere, and as you rise

in my vision i become cavernous, cratered.

there is too much room inside of me,

space where the memory of you eats away

at my tattered edges.  when somewhat

strangers die it hurts more than those closest

who i think i love.  whatever you kept

captured in your soul, you released back

into this world.  there wasn’t enough of it,

but you knew that if there wasn’t enough of you,

we would carry your memory, your blessing,

your legacy, and seek the magic you embodied.

we’ve learned it’s better not to keep such beauty

to ourselves.