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Couple Viewed From a Train Window

Dark in his beige armchair

Pale on her dark rocker

A man and a woman

Silhouetted in the gathering dusk

Silence brooding between them


Indistinct from flickering carriage

Memories from other similar scenes

Play out on an internal screen

Fill in the gaps behind the view


Years of toil and bitterness

Childless years

Outline distances unbridgeable

Barrenness of their iron covenant

Etched into separate loneliness

Here on autumn’s porch


Back to back

A man and a woman

The negative space between them

Burns into the retina


Leaving an optical illusion

Of closeness

Fading as night replaces day

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