Listening Well (for Erik) (masc)

He had the gift of stopping time
& listening well
so that it was easy
to hear who we could become

& that was the future
he held safe
for each of us
in his great heart

you may ask, what now?
& I hope you understand
when we speak softly
among ourselves
& do not answer
just yet

for our future
is no longer the same
without him

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