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I miss him November 8, 2008

Posted by vsap in Blogroll, Poetry, Uncategorized.
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When she said, “I miss him,”

it isn’t with melancholy or regret,

it’s the void of absence taking voice.

Not an easy thing to contain,

these parental feelings after the only son

heads off to college, happily separated

from parents but not unhappily.

Like his sister before him, he leaves a space

simply by being absent, and it wasn’t so long

ago we were tethered together so tightly

that any distance between us was unthinkable.

Today, it still is, but time and duty take us

to these separate places where we must be adults,

we must cling, but ever so loosely now,

no longer children, no longer co-dependent,

without ever truly being independent.

So when she said, “I miss him,”

it wasn’t with melancholy or regret,

it’s just the void of absence taking voice.

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