"Final Choice"

our shared grieving

encoded in telephone wires

a fake farewell

caked with shattered syllables

as our

obvious reality is hidden

in mustier corners

that are far from comforting

carved in to

an industrial complex of loss

formed by a cacophony of

your private callings

as we gently clutch a dial tone

our endless discourse held back

heightening our communal silence

we will weigh the odds

pick up the pieces

and hold on