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by Mike Acker

is said
with such ease
such nonchalance
when what’s meant
is the once beloved
the once esteemed
once revered
before the universe
decided to test
the bonds and
the bonds failed
before the tear
the rip
sometimes terse
often sustained
a two-letter word
packed tight
like a small thick scar
long after the slash

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