One Shadow or Two

A hand holds aloft two broken shadows
diminishing into nevers.
Sun deteriorates them
as memories overexposed
pale, ever-happening
yet,
not.

In attempts to excise
rarely is it realized
these self-striven biopsies are
efforts to erase
not blemishes, but birthmarks.

The day I loved you, you were no longer apart
but born within.

Tomorrow’s tomorrow’s tomorrow may come
and every day you will draw breath
in the pause
when you dawn upon me
in infinitesimal ordinaries

like when I notice a shadow
disappearing,
and I think of you.

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