Looking Out

You linger outside

always questioning why

when the answer’s inside

where uncertainty dies


Your world of approval

and life of acclaim

provide little comfort

when there’s no one to blame


You told me it mattered

you told me you cared

but as glad handers turn

almost nothing got shared


So, I’ll stay in the moment

 inside looking out

knowing what I’m in search of

leaves no room for doubt


As your memories die silent

 no one to hold dear

what’s lost to remembrance

—abandoned in fear


(Villanova Pennsylvania: December, 2021)

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