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In Memoriam

Three words comprise the frame my son last made:
his soft "Hey, dad" to greet me on the phone, 
his single, loving "Papa" with our last embrace—
and in between?.....just Mark, the man to fill
a thousand frames invisibly in love
that clings unbound to arms, to blood, to tears...
who threw his history away unowned
and paid for it with memory alone.

Sixteen years are here to testify
that sweetness in the settlement was not
enough, that though the picture glows
with spirit timelessness, it shuns the touch,
the laughter, the uncertainty that spears
the mind, seizes on the unexplored,
and must rejoice inside the now.

It is for you who read, to intercede
in the rejoicing...I must let it go
a little while, although I know
there is no need to pray
that Mark and I will follow through
within the morning's deathless day.

Copyright © Robert Ludden

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  1. Date: 12/27/2012 8:25:00 AM
    Great poem! I mean seriously,Is this published or what? It's really good, and you are extremely talented... I've read some of your other poems as well. You should visit my site: ! I think this poem could have a really good chance of winning one of our contests! Wish you the best with your poetry and I hope you get published! : )Jacob Cramer

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    Date: 12/27/2012 8:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you. I do not feel that my work is of sufficient quality to consider competition, or publication. Perhaps some day. I shall certainly have a look at your work.