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Another Pantoum

another-pantoum

Near my door is a box of old letters

where I keep binders of my paper life

a place where my organization occurs

your name upon them as my former wife.


When I keep binders of my paper life,

yet photographs, they find themselves adrift

your name upon them as my former wife,

each act of organization a gift.


Yet photographs, they find themselves adrift.

I try to take each step with earned respect

each act of organization a gift

our labor is our responsible act.


I try to take each step with earned respect

in the absence of my empty home,

our labor is our responsible act,

a chance to see how our children have grown.

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