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only time to burn

Meg often told Josh to try to be less reckless but Josh had panache when dealing with dangerous too often being feckless since days of sixth grade their hands often intertwined Meg and Josh displayed how their main wants were aligned though to harm Josh was purblind Meg off to college while Josh acquired war knowledge strife without stoppage where fears must be acknowledged sympathy soon abolished is no safe return for what's lost along the way only time to burn no matter what others say may come no brighter new day when Twin Towers fell Josh had rushed off to enlist Meg's life went to hell Josh’s words now like a hard fist boy she'd known didn't exist the world keeps turning no matter how hard we pray or strength of yearning for that which was yesterday tomorrow can be stone gray forward observer to Afghanistan he's sent his own preserver living in wind torn pup tent letters described his descent first months Meg worried next mission Josh would be dead their future buried Josh's letters fill her with dread terror lies in what's now read tis time which smolders forever change is churning both growing older with each thing Meg is learning worry won't stop time burning hold tight to your soul into the void it may go longing digs deep holes upsetting the status quo mixing up who's friend and foe tick-tock does not stop until tense mainsprings unwind now their ball shall drop just before ties will them bind leaving little peace of mind what scares Meg most not if Josh is still alive with return now close Meg's uncertain she'll survive what's become a nosedive measuring last breathes some things become worse than death stolen by time's thieves what we still want to believe before we can start to grieve dreading Josh's return Meg would now prefer to hide only time to burn their fate's unwilling new bride now caught on the same strange ride only time to burn while human emotions churn withal yet we yearn our ought-to-bes make downturns changes cannot be returned

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Date: 1/17/2022 11:38:00 AM
The inexorable flow of time and it’s effects on human relationships and emotions, brilliantly described in these superbly crafted rhyming Tankas NG, how peoples perspective and commitments can be sculpted by the subjectivity of the observer, no going back indeed, a masterclass, cheers David
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