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There was no return

no Second Coming 

what was learned 

is only about the leaving

 

Believing in someone

maybe even something

they are only symbols

prophecies and diamond rings

 

A failed faith can

transubstantiate 

the substantial morning 

with each sun rising 

 

Realizing rust and time

bell chimes and beauty 

fade into maturity 

the reality of the living:

 

are changes

is strangeness

always rearranging

the void

 

avoid me if you need 

or plead with the gods

to know below and above

but here you can only love

 

Painting and poem by Kelly Leichert

April 14, 2019