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  • In a few minutes it will begin.

    Preparations for travel will become final until we are out the door and asking the question: "Did I forget anything?"
    Then there will be a moment where that no longer matters,
    what is forgotten will remain forgotten.

    It should have happened yesterday, the travel,
    but a graceless exit from the week of work clung to our efforts.
    The little list of "One more thing," kept growing.
    As we approached the end of the week , it added another day.

    The force of gravity is strong and it takes momentum to break free.
    A late afternoon phone call to say we are delayed gives back news.

    What had been one line of a note from earlier in the week, had been a hint of what might come.
    One line that conveyed so much because it was not unexpected,
    just pushed aside for a while.

    One line sandwiched between two peices of good news could not disguise the contors of the old terror.

    I could use the words, "Intensive care" and "Stress tests" and complications with internal bleeding, blood thinners working overtime.
    I could say twenty years of heart medicine stretch the limit of effectiveness.
    Or I coulds say,
    Tonight I will have dinner with my parents,
    in my father's hospital room.

    The sun is up and I must be on my way.
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