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  • 22 days after the May 20th tornado

    When you approach someone
    you make eye contact
    then look away.


    Conversations are brief
    if they occur.

    Four women unload boxes
    near the used to be schoolyard.
    A memorial has grown up
    and over the fence
    a kind of emotional ivy.

    Too far away
    to hear the thing said
    but I can hear their laughter.

    People are laughing again.
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