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A Similar Dither | A Poem by Donal Mahoney

Hearts are stopping
faster than usual among
people I know

and people I don’t
married to other people
I know who live

an ocean away.
Emails, phone calls,
doorbells, letters,

obits bring the news.
Nothing to do but look
in the mirror and know

some day my heart
will stop and start
tears and jeers.

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