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by William W. Runyeon


Over time, the bravado fades; the long quiet of death helps
a silence, encouraged,
to take on a weight
its first appearance failed to suggest;
but not as an albatross,
or death prefigured,
or insincere reflection
upon the gravity of graves;
instead, as an affirmation of the soul.
To cast a cold eye on life,
and on death,
is an invocation
of the power and meaning
of identity,
free of time and condition,
best sensed as God’s inspiration
in the creation of mountains,
and even in the poet’s grave
that lies beneath.

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