Attrition

There is a paleness
accompanies such messages
a considered silence

The silence clouds
possible thought
like the malignancy
that caused it.

A friend will be leaving us
sooner than natural;
the knowledge is malignant:
loneliness is coming,
paler than pale.

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wordcurrents/ Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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