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Absence

by Richard Vince

You were there in the rain
That lashed our faces, giving
Tears the perfect disguise.
We braved it, but the land
And its life embraced it,
Embraced your legacy that
Continues your love for them.

You were there in the smiles
Awakened by memories of
The joy you brought to
Unsuspecting hearts, who
Expected just a colleague
And received so much more.

You were there in the echoes
That remain in our ears
Long after the sound has passed;
Not words but the essence of
Your voice, the bright thread
Of love that was woven through
All that we heard.

You were not there in a box
Lowered into the earth
From which you came: you had
Departed as air, free as
The birds which flew noisily
Overheard as we struggled to
Believe that you were gone but
Were thankful you were
Ever here at all.

03/31/2022

Posted on 03/31/2022
Copyright © 2022 Richard Vince

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 03/31/22 at 09:53 PM

A fine tribute. I liked how you repeat the first line in each stanza - "you were there" or "you were not there" - really gives a cohesive feel to the piece. Especially liked the first three lines and that last stanza. Thanks for this.

Posted by Laura Doom on 04/09/22 at 08:05 PM

A change of perspective - nicely woven sentiments.

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