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  • I'm a little afraid these days.

    Not fearful, nor scared--I'm just wary of the emotional impact of things that just jump out at me from nowhere:

    ...a few notes from an aging song

    ...the mental comparison between photographic stills of today and yesterday

    ...waking to the sounds of voices that are raspier and more wizened

    ...imagined shadows of people no longer here

    ...discovery of a decades-old slip of paper tucked between pages

    ...realizations that certain voices haven't carried on the wind for years

    ...knowing that certain other voices won't leave their isolated cells for many, many moons

    ...drifting thoughts that take me dozens of years ahead to see this large world getting so much smaller

    Tiny little reminders of fragility. That instant my throat catches on something. That instant before tears.

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