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Homage to the Horseman

At times I find myself
so full of grief it spills over

unannounced
stronger than conviction
curiosity or epiphany
or the desire
for relief

embraces me like a lover
begs whispered secrets
a confidant who will
never betray a confidence
shared to anyone
anytime

finds me where
the moment is most vivid
makes it even more so
as I shed trappings
old age refuses to sustain
bare necessity
as a trifle

full-voiced in grief
grateful it
cares enough
to find me
still

  Paul Pines