Sad days ahead

The Leaving, pencil and oils on wood panel (2011)
The Leaving, pencil and oils on wood panel (2011)

The one who’s been the most present for over four years
has gone.
Left in a car packed with all he owns
on a bright cold Sunday, December.

Left a scar.

We walked around the neighborhood
late last night
lamenting the change.
Still almost not understanding or accepting—
but a dawning sense.

Still to come—
the day-to-day reality of a great absence,
and what to fill it with.

(for Z, part I)

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