My Moment of Realization

April 30, 2018
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Uncharacteristically hesitant,
The headmaster unfolded his paper,
Took a deep breath and began:

“This morning—
As I’m sure you’ve heard
A dear friend passed away.”

The world fell off its axis
As I shut my eyes
In fear of nausea.

A heavy finality stuck
In my throat, grew,
Then fell to my stomach.

When my eyes opened,
The cruel sun rose and
Smothered the chapel pews.

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