(Re)Union

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(Re)Union
by Carl Josehart

Once tightly (inter)locked
our lives now collide
randomly
as a ball against bumpers
in an arcade game

(Re)connected
temporarily
yoked
like mismatched animals
conversations move in fits and starts

(Re)union
revisiting
old relationships
people
stuck in the mind’s eye
in a time long past
straddling two worlds
past
wished for and actual
present
grief and pain
renewed

(Re)surrect
dilemmas
justify
decisions
choices
long since made
and lived with

Re(flections)
mirror
relationships
of a self
my image no longer reflects
“You haven’t changed a bit”
hits like an accusation
or worse,
an indictment

(Re)member
what it felt like
to be an insider
part of the club
dues were high
taken without remorse
membership
like a long labor
is hard to give up
without a child
to show for so much pain


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