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    Valkyrie
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Poems for Sunday - 2. Reunion

Reunion

We decided to postpone our annual weekend –

August instead of July.

It’s always been July, but,

you know how life happens, schedules conflict;

there’s always an excuse not to.

Forty years ago we started what became an annual tradition,

an anniversary of sorts,

to celebrate friendship

and pick up the pieces after diagnoses, divorce, and loss.

We never expected to say goodbye to one of our own,

especially not one week before our special time.

What was important in July

is now insignificant. 

We’ll still meet—

A weekend of remembrance, shared grief, and anguish.

We’ll raise a glass to the empty chair in front of the campfire,

talk of poems and prayers and promises,

and honor a friend gone too soon.

The title is a conglomeration of the titles of two songs that influenced these poems - Wort zum Sonntag (Word for Sunday) by Die Toten Hosen and Poems and Prayers and Promises by John Denver.   A huge thank you to Aditus for serving as both editor and beta reader for these.  And thank you for reading. I'd love to hear your thoughts and comments on these.  

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On 9/15/2022 at 2:51 AM, Gary L said:

After 4 yrs away, I visited the un and spent four days with my oldest school friend, sat on his terrace overlooking the Atlantic and remembered, relived the highs and lows of 50 yrs friendship, of lost friends, friends lost to AIDS, our school friend HIV+ for 35 years - a real survivor.  Such moments validate life.

thank you mr V, again you have got me thinking. 

You are so right about these moments validating life.  I'm glad I got you thinking again.  Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment :hug:  

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On 9/15/2022 at 4:42 PM, Parker Owens said:

This poem sings of joy and loss, reunion and remembering. Its kind makes me recall how important we can be to one another. Thank you. 

Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment.  We should never take anything for granted.  :hug: 

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On 9/15/2022 at 6:09 PM, Mrsgnomie said:

Ah, so sad. Gone but not forgotten, a testament to great friendship 

Thank you so much :hug:  

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22 hours ago, Headstall said:

A beautiful expression regarding one of the realities of life. Some leave us unexpectedly, and we are left behind to remember. Another lovely poem, Val. I found this one quite touching. Cheers!

Thank you.  I'm glad you liked it.  :hug:  

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22 hours ago, drsawzall said:

A touching refrain on life, loves and loss. A reminder of the things that are truly important!

Thank you!  It's easy to forget the important things until we get reminders like this.  

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I'm so glad I introduced the 'Hosen' to you, it resulted in some great poems.

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6 hours ago, Aditus said:

I'm so glad I introduced the 'Hosen' to you, it resulted in some great poems.

Thanks!  Me too!  Whenever I think of the first poem, I picture Campino giving a middle finger to the sky as he sings "Wort zum Sonntag".  I think the last line of that song is my new mantra :gikkle:  

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This poem is heartfelt with a lot of introspection about life and relationships

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6 minutes ago, W_L said:

This poem is heartfelt with a lot of introspection about life and relationships

Thank you :) 

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2 minutes ago, Albert1434 said:

Another perfectly lovely poem!

Thank you so much :hug:  :kiss: 

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