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Oct 21
She waits in the shade
Of a best-loved oak,
Where he once carved their names inside a heart:
"This means forever."

The heart needs tending
--she visits from year-to-year.
Her security, a vow.
His constraint, a contract.
She made to open the door but he detained her,
A perjury.
Pruning stems, branching
--cognitively speaking--
Dead or alive.

The landscape has changed:
This place no longer holds water.
Listen now for love's addendum,
Measured in the signal-to-noise ratio.
(You'll hear it all the time).

Oh, painfully leafless gray meadow.
Sufferance is a viable timekeeper,
When it storms the weak run for shelter.
Written by
Carlo C Gomez  49/M/The Exclusion Zone
(49/M/The Exclusion Zone)   
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