On Long Distance Loving

We learn the lessons right smack

into this free lunch. We think

we know some truths

we never imagined they are.

As if to survive in a new land

is a song's seething line, we trust

and love, give kindness each time,

charity, faith too, minus the cymbals,

clanging with the emptiness we divine,

the good graces we miss for missing

the grey clouds, codes for our

expectations long overdue, many times

long done. Long distances they are,

these hoping and believing

and struggling. There are oracles

in the sun and season

in the wind and rain and cold moon.

In the meantime, we keep hanging on,

just keep hanging on, hanging on.

Aurelio S. Agcaoili

Artesia, CA


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