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By Bonnie Meekums


On Christmas Day

I send a merry Christmas text

To family and friends

Scroll through my phone

And there you are

Your number, name, address

And birthday

Stubbornly hidden


Like the voicemails I came home to

The pictures I still hold

Inside my head

The film plays on

Where you are young

Vibrant, inquiring



My fingers pause

In that made-up moment

Of green buttons pressed

And news imparted

Troubles shared

And halved

But sensibly

I press delete

And you are gone





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