• No More Tears


    To the memory of Jerry Araos on the second anniversary
    of his leaving

    “The tears you shed are hot enough to melt the winter’s ice . .”
    —Luisa A. Igloria, “Die Winterreise,” www.vianegativa.us

    in another hemisphere
    waterfalls froze
    a brother broke his back
    shoveling snow
    cancelled flights
    were an incovenience
    for people hungry
    for hearth & home

    you promised me lengthy talks
    in the new year as substantial
    as the rum-rich fruitcake on the
    generous table you had built
    to feed a multitude

    but each december
    i cannot find my way back to where
    you rest during the vigil
    on the day of your parting

    it’s the season, jerry,
    you know how we are all pulled apart
    by festive obligations
    even as we wished
    for soulful company

    i will not waste
    my tears of regret about
    my absence at your passage
    to eternity

    instead i have summoned
    your spirit repeatedly
    begging for an eighth
    of your once indestructible
    duende that you may
    go on living
    in the best
    i have discovered
    in me


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