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And here we are 

On the cusp of a Christmas 

Trying to be 

What it cannot, 

Trying to escape 

The shadows of memory 

We know 

Can never be launched 

For this year’s celebration. 

Reaching around, 

Trying to embrace 

The scattered, fragile plans 


By this time’s necessity. 

Together at a distance — 

Sharing, still,  

Our stream of love. 

Check writes from North Wildwood. 

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