3000 miles

lavender blue smoke rising
fills my heart to capacity
weighs my soul down 
seemingly with no reason

a moment to rejoice in our Lord's birth
New Year's:
a time to start anew 

but in recent years 
tragedy and sadness 
take precedence
adds weight so heavy, 
and it keeps growing.

tonight there is a text 
that's followed by a call  
with words unbearable to hear.
it closes up the distance 
of silence all too familiar 
this excruciating news 

the air is sucked up  
filled with white noise, 
and tears of love.

in prayer
i send whispers of hope
strength of heart
an undying love real and true
for the kin left behind
for you, 
3000 miles west.


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