Thursday, March 31, 2011


Back in Baltimore after arriving last Sunday
Exhausted from the hiatus to break out of Panama
Spending this week in the detritus of my life
Selling books left behind
Burning CDs to laptop
Discarding various remnants of a life once lived

On what I thought would be a joyous occasion
A profound sadness has filled my heart
Listening to old favorite music
Seeing friends I may never see again
Facing the reality of leaving this behind
Filled with regret about what might have been

My son is Army-bound
This may be my last glimpse of him
His dog knew it was time to let go
Now it is my turn, but it is so hard
After all these years of smothering
To send him on his way

One must have faith that the best is yet to come


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