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SITTING WITH THE BODY   (Verona U., January 2, 2008)

The scars of a lifetime
I ponder them as we lay out his body.
Some are of his time
of foreign conflict and shrapnel
some still inside him, he said
the scars inobtrusive
the strange gaudiness of metal long buried in flesh.

The car accident
a split-second misjudgment
and all the other odd scars
who knows their origins?
All unseen by our old tired eyes
of life as it was on the inside
the betrayals, the deaths, the disappointments
now forgotten, unknown
in this thin dead flesh.
How little remains visible
to those of us left behind.

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