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Written early 2020 in memory of a beloved old friend.

On Hearing of the Death of an Old Friend

Def._2020_110_by Carl Halling09 Aug 2020

I’m so sorry, my beloved old friend,
I didn’t even know you had gone,
That you had left us very suddenly,
Some twenty years ago last February,
Please forgive me, my beloved old friend,

For failing to see you more frequently,
For I might have provided some comforting,
Even lessened your terrible suffering,
But I only found out recently,
Please forgive me, my beloved old friend.