It is when you see it happen, yet further away,
not quite close enough to impact a daily life,
yet for some,
every aspect of departure is a solemn reminder.
How close came the shadow of doubt,
when callous minders
shout out loud, distract the envy, suggest
we might not recall your soul.
The action begins to take shape,
the fantasy, the planning, the convinced
shadow that lurking gives credence
to a destiny we have all feared ourselves.
A silent residue of a shallow reminder
holds close the bargaining chip,
a smile allows a facade we rely upon
so that others simply won’t know.
For in the end, those that do, those that can
remain poignant only inside a solo fantasy.