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A Man Leaves Us

Some kind of graphic immortality
to grace my sight each time
an old photo appears, and he is still
to give me all he is that instant.
I may study him, and unconcerned
about excess, may send him on.

His gift is wondrous, total,
as his spirit flies to realms
I do not wish to understand--
they are his own, but just before
his flight I see him caught 
in a curious spectrum, ready to change, 
ready for his unknown now.

I want to take some time;
he can spare it, forth or back
and there is possibility; He is
in control, and looking even closer,
moments congregate. A newer history
may thunder down the path, a birth,
a death,  a song that may not
ever be.  

It is late.  His rest, and mine
are close at hand; he disappears
between the album covers
as his phantom self persists
in memory.  I cannot close
that flashing moment, fast away
when I saw him hover there
upon the edge of time.

Copyright © Robert Ludden


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